When Does Movement Become Yoga?

When Does Movement Become Yoga?

One of the (many) things I love about leading yoga teacher trainings is the interesting conversations that come up.


For example, this weekend gone, we talked about the difference between movement and yoga, and at what point can you call yourself a yoga teacher.


Is it when you teach a certain set of positions or movements? Is it when you can perform a certain set of poses? Maybe when you’ve mastered the ancient philosophy?

4 reasons every athlete should do yoga + remember this free yoga for runners download?

Rich Roll is a two-time top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships. In 2010, he became the the first person (along with colleague Jason Lester) to complete EPIC5 – 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in under a week. He knows a bit about being an athlete, apparently. He recently wrote an article about why every athlete should do yoga.


 A few highlights:

  1. Strength
  2. Balance
  3. Flexibility
  4. Mental Control

You should pop over and read what he has to say about mental control. It's pretty interesting stuff. Also, true.

And if you are an athlete of the running variety, here's a yoga practice for you, to add power to your flexibility routine.

Also, remember, good squatting form gets your glutes firing and will get you running faster.