If you’re like me and forget to do yoga despite your best intentions, then Jasyoga may be the answer you’re looking for…
Over the last few years, my commitment to yoga has dwindled to almost non-existent. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it but various factors seem to have put it on the back burner; no decent studio close to my home in the UK, the cost of classes on top of an already expensive gym membership and a busy schedule all played their part, but basically I lost my mojo.
With just 12 weeks to train for a marathon I knew I had to incorporate yoga into my training to avoid injury, which wasn’t going to be easy considering I was in the middle of relocating to the States. This is where Jasyoga came in.
Jasyoga describes itself as “a revolutionary approach to yoga for athletes.” They believe that yoga should be practical for your sports, work and life. And in my opinion, they’ve got it right. You can sign up to their website for just $4.99/month, which is a complete bargain when you think about how much a studio class would cost you.
There are almost 60 videos on their website (with more coming all the time) which are divided into different categories depending on what you’re looking for. These include pre-workout & cross training, post- workout & recovery, meditation and 5 minute reset videos. The videos are further divided into “The Yoga for Runners Collection” and “The Yoga for Balance Collection.” Basically, they cover it all.
I’ve mainly been using the 5 minute reset videos and the Yoga for Runners Collection, either as a workout in their own or for post-run recovery. It so easy to login and do 10 minutes of yoga wherever you are, that I’ve no longer got an excuse!
What I love most is that you can target your practice to your own particular problems, which is exactly what you need in marathon training. I used to find that I’d go to a class hoping to get a really good hamstring stretch, for example, to find that actually the focus of the class was going to be inversions. I’d still enjoy the class but it wouldn’t be giving me the cross-training and recovery that I was hoping to get from yoga. Similarly sometimes I’d find a class too tiring if I’d done a hard running session the same day or the day before, which would seem counterproductive and actually make injury more likely.
With Jasyoga I can target my practice to the areas which I know need improvement. Most recently I’ve been trying to strengthen my glutes and improve my hamstring flexibility so I’ve been doing the Power Your Push Off and Flexible Running Hamstrings videos on a regular basis. I also love to do the Quick Post- Run Reset video after all of my runs as it’s really quick and I can definitely feel the difference afterwards.
I’ve never tried using Jasyoga on a device other than my laptop, but I plan to start using it on my iPhone so I can do the videos straight after my runs, wherever I may be, rather than waiting until I get home.
Do you find it hard to fit yoga into your training schedule? Have you ever tried Jasyoga?