Integrating the spirit of running and yoga for long-term success in the pursuit of achievement in running and life.
Customized programs integrate whole-body development by creating body awareness, mental and physical strength, and then applying these skills to discover the ease and joy in running and wellness. Exercises and techniques are utilized resulting in an increase in energy, focus and achievement.
Correct form with any exercise is important to remain injury and pain free and to realize the power and ease in performance. With running, hip muscles move in conjunction with upper back muscles and this combined movement brings ease and speed to running. Specific exercises are taught to bring awareness to this area and to strengthen key muscles to get full hip rotation and upper body power, thus increasing efficiency while reducing effort.
“During the very first session, she was able to point out exactly why my shins were hurting and since then I have corrected my form. I am now pain free! And even more icing on the cake: after taking two full weeks off to heal and running very little for 6 weeks prior to that, the first time I ran…I was only 5 seconds shy of a new PR. I was amazed at the improvement. I am training now for my first half marathon and I know in my heart I would not have been able to do this without Angela’s coaching. ” – Amy N., group session
Diaphragmatic and nasal breathing relaxes the body, results in more efficient delivery of oxygen to the muscles, and performance is achieved with lower perceived effort. Consistent faster breathing patterns trains the body to go into a perceived stress mode. By not changing this training pattern, recovery is never fully achieved. Without full recovery the constant breaking down of muscles, ligaments and tendons can lead to chronic injury or serious damage. Body awareness exercises through breathing are incorporated to teach the body to relax and to utilize different energy sources within the body.
“You were pretty firm about heart rate training…and that breathing is the key to keeping heart rate down. I am often amazed…that I can almost will my heart rate down, solely on how I breathe. I am able to do so much and feel so great doing it. Running was so painful before, mentally and physically. It’s nice to know I can bang out 45-60 minutes and feel like I really could have kept going if I had wanted to!” ~ Krystal M., individual coaching
Yoga and Training
A time efficient, incremental movement series was designed to address the whole body and can be used for warm up and recovery. Yoga movement is a massage for the body and increases blood flow to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Increased blood flow brings oxygen to the muscles improving performance and removes toxic buildup speeding recovery. The dichotomy in yoga of using muscles in opposition builds strength and flexibility resulting in improved range of motion, lubricated and healthier joints, and a stronger performance. Yogic breathing brings awareness to the body and mental strength by increasing the ability to relax and focus.
“I never thought yoga was for me. I considered it too spiritual and hokey to be of value to me. As a busy person, I thought the time I could squeeze in for exercise should be cardio and strength training. Then I met Angela! With her guidance I learned yoga was the missing piece to my fitness routine. Hip pain that plagued me for months disappeared as my flexibility increased. Yoga has also helped me become stronger, and increased my cardio endurance. Done correctly, there is nothing ‘hokey’ about it! Everyone has angels in their life, and Angela is definitely one of mine!” - Sonia P., yoga client.
Running, Fitness and Athletic Coaching
Customized coaching sessions are designed for clients to achieve their goals with improved knowledge, technique and fitness. Training skills and exercises are taught to improve breathing, form, focus, strength and flexibility.
A questionnaire will be sent out and completed before the free consultation to learn about health and athletic training history and to get an idea of specific goals and objectives of obtaining a personal coach. *Small group coaching also available.
- Form evaluation, instruction and implementation
- Breathing techniques for training and performance monitoring
- Strengthening and stretching exercises targeting key muscles
- Mental strategies to address individual needs
- Shoe assessment
- Nutritional guidance for fueling and recovery
- Training and scheduling strategies to avoid injuries and improve performance
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Thank You For Your Referrals
Your recommendation to a friend, family member or colleague is a great compliment. As a thank you receive a free private coaching session for a referral that schedules an initial session.
Integrating mind, body and spirit awareness to create a model for life-long wellness and achievement.