Functional Yoga for Runners – Take It Anywhere with Erin Taylor

Take your yoga with you wherever you go

Erin Taylor is a yoga for athletes pioneer, author, and founder of Jasyoga. She is on a mission to help as many athletes as possible use yoga to achieve their goals. 

Erin believes that yoga can save your body from injury and understands the importance of this to runners. Yoga has changed her ability as an athlete and she started a company called Jasyoga to offer yoga in a functional, fun format for runners to remain healthy and injury free.

Erin says “Do some yoga today. Anything is better than nothing. Do two minutes, do thirty seconds, do something for your body and feel the difference”.

She first rolled out a mat as a collegiate basketball player sidelined by injury. Although no sport-specific yoga solutions existed at the time, she quickly discovered the power of the practice to optimize recovery, injury prevention, and performance. 

Erin founded Jasyoga to make these benefits accessible to athletes and creates practical solutions in a language that inspires action. She is the author of HIT RESET: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes and Work IN: The Athlete’s Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results, and facilitates training and certification programs to empower athletes to lead by example. Available everywhere via Jasyoga App and, Erin’s approach has been widely embraced by athletes of all sports and levels of competition, and can be configured to help anyone achieve their goals.

Questions Erin is asked:

2:38 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance or workout activity? 

3:38 What is your personal background in fitness and how did it lead to yoga?

4:50 What kinds of exercises or yoga were you doing to recover from injury?

8:36 When and how did you start Jasyoga and how is it different from other programs?

11:00 What services do you offer online?

12:32 How would one find out more about Jasyoga programs for running?

16:18 Are the clips pretty short?

17:16 How many videos do you have now?

18:24 What would be a good program for runners with IT Band issues?

20:13 How does Jasyoga differ from conventional stretching?

22:28 How will your programs benefit runners?

28:29 How might runners use yoga correctly or incorrectly?

33:14 What books have you written and what are they about?

36:43 How many days of yoga would be optimal for runners to do per week?

37:27 What are the benefits of online yoga instruction vs. live classes?

39:28 What are you offering our listeners?

40:13 As a busy working mom in the middle of a relocation, how do you fit in fitness to your hectic schedule?

43:28 How important are intentions when creating a new habit?

45:30 Any final thoughts?

47:14 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run or outing (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite book(s), video or resource? 
  3. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?

Quotes by Erin:

“In my opinion, most athletes and most runners who are seriously training for things like marathons, the last thing we need is ANOTHER workout and another way to push our bodies. In my opinion, athletes will benefit a lot more from yoga if they use it as a tool to really create more balance rather than another way to push themselves and that means focusing more on recovery and injury prevention.”

“Do some yoga today. Anything is better than nothing. Do two minutes, do thirty seconds, do something for your body and feel the difference.”

“If you’re going to do yoga, you really ought to spend your time doing something that is directly relevant to your specific sport and goal. Otherwise, it carries the risk of working AGAINST your training rather than WITH it.”

“With IT Band issues, I always encourage runners to first really take a close look at their hips because a lot of that stuff originates in the hips and really spending some time mobilizing and working on your hip mobility and imbalances in that area.”

“Over the years I’ve really intentionally tried to speak in a language that athletes can hear. And for me that meant really putting things into context. I transport myself back to being on a mat for the first time as an athlete myself.”

“Your body is designed for balance; it’s designed this way for a reason. And yet, everything we do takes our body out of balance; whether your sitting all day at a computer or your out running a marathon or 100 miles, that takes us out of balance.”

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Mentioned in this podcast: 

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

Free RunnersConnect Race Specific Training Master Classes

Jasyoga Homepage

Jasyoga Free Trial (Enter code: runnersconnect reset for a free month of videos)

Book: Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor

Book: Work In: The Athlete’s Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results by Erin Taylor

Regents Canal Running Path, Islington

Book: Anatomy For Runners by Jay Dicharry

Book: Running Rewired by Jay Dicharry

Book: The Fast Track Triathlete by Matt Dixon


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