Kate Evans
Kate Evans. Photos by Patrick Leung

I graduated from Yogaspace’s Registered Yoga Teaching Training (200 hours) three years ago. Soon after, I started City Yogis with my yogi soulmate Ashley Edwards. We created City Yogis to help bring physical and mental relief from busy city living. I’m a registered nurse, so I’m passionate about self care, and for me yoga was the perfect way to take care of my body and mind through the demands of work and an active lifestyle.

Runner's lungeYoga for Runners came out of the need to bring together my love of running, yoga and anatomy. The idea was to create a tailor-made class where runners could prevent running injuries while enhancing racing performance. On top of traditional poses selected because of their relevance to running, each class also contains aspects of strengthening, meditation and sports psychology exercises.

The goal is to bring the practices of mindfulness and mental training alongside the physical, so runners can perform at their absolute best.

Yoga for Runners is offered every Thursday at 8:30pm at Lululemon’s The Local at 96 Ossington Avenue in Toronto. You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the class and no registration is necessary. The Local even provides mats, so all you need to do is show up. The classes tend to be fairly relaxing, with one or two opportunities to get a little sweat going.

SavasanaIt can be intimidating coming to a new a class, whether you’re new to yoga or have been practising for years. There are a few things to keep in mind that will help you develop your yoga practice. The first is to let the instructor know that you’re new to yoga and to make sure he or she is aware of any injuries you may have. The second is to remember that yoga isn’t a competition; try not to compare yourself to others, and just focus on listening to your body and how it feels. The most important thing is to have fun and thank yourself for making to time to practise.

Author: Kate Evans, Yoga for Runners creator/instructor and co-founder of City Yogis.

Check out The Local Toronto page on Svveat for more details about Kate’s weekly Yoga for Runners class and other workouts hosted in the space.

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