Paulette Egan, SportsYoga therapist and coach.
Sport and Yoga may seem at the two opposite ends of the spectrum but in 2011, I combined them to complete the missing link in sport. In fact, the connection is so powerful; it would be like trying to separate day and night, or black and white. I am a highly-qualified yoga instructor with diploma’s in Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra therapy.
Over the years, I have worked with many high-profile athletes from Olympians, Irish mountaineers, golfers, Munster rugby players and county GAA players, the list goes on. Yoga has become a lifestyle for me and I have been practicing for over twenty-one years. I own the Loft Yoga Studio Clonlara, Co. Clare ideally situated on the banks of the River Shannon. As the crow flies I am within minutes’ drive fro
m University of Limerick.
The University of Limerick is renowned for their world-class sport training facilities and over the years I have had the honor of working with elite athletes who have been training and living in the high-altitude house in UL.
I am very excited to be the SportsYoga coach for Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run 2017 and I will be posting up video’s and blogs to help you prepare for the race. The countdown is on but we have nine weeks to ensure that you will enjoy your run. I would like to organize a question and answer hour on the BHGLR FB page so if you have any queries, you can ask me directly.
I love the passion, energy and power that surround sport, but I feelthat the world of sport training is missing the final chapter that can make the difference. Learn to live your sport rather than just play it. The concept of SportsYoga is to train sports enthusiasts to create balance in their lives. Set the cornerstone of your sporting endeavors on pride, commitment and passion and build a solid foundation in your sporting career of self-belief, free will, ease of movement and equilibrium. Hence my slogan “Take your Sport to another level with SportsYoga.ie”.
Invest in yourself, gain the winning formula and learn to live your Sport
PAULETTE’S WEEKLY BLOGS
My name is Paulette Egan founder of SportsYoga.ie. I have 25 years experience in yoga and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with you. I will be writing blogs and sharing videos so that you can introduce yoga into your training routine. Today I am blogging on how correct posture will improve your stride and make you feel more confident and run faster! How many of you have seen other runners with poor posture. By working on your posture you will resolve many running form problems.Read More
Runners have a tremendous amount to gain from adding yoga to their fitness regimen. A running stride involves only the lower body movement in one plane as in forward and back. Some muscles become strong while other are underused and remain weak.
At SportsYoga.ie I recommend that you have a look at my videos but first take off your shoes and socks and be aware of the correct alignment of your feet. Are you feet pointing forward and are you arches lifted. Fallen arches can be the primary cause of leg, pelvis back and shoulder misalignment.
This week I will be posting up short videos to help you to stand tall, feel light and run faster !
1. The perfect posture for running
2. Prevention of slouching shoulder and jutting chin.
3. Strong powerful legs to run faster
4. Lifting fallen arches.
5. Rock solid core
These videos are short and to the point and easy to implement into your training.
I teach my SportsYoga.ie classes in UL Sport Arena every Wednesday and my own yoga studio- The Loft Yoga Studio Clonlara, Co. Clare. Feel free to call me if you are interested in a mat!
BLOG NO. 2
Stretch Daily Before the Great Limerick Run
Beep, Beep, Beep! The sound of your alarm is the LOUD signal of a bright new day.
As you emerge from beneath your warm and cosy duvet, every movement you make is a sign that the day has indeed begun. For most of us, the first few movements we make every morning are slow, stiff and uncomfortable.Read More
I guess you could say that each subtle shift your body makes is like a pending volcanic eruption. The more movements you make the more momentum and strength you gain. Each movement is a catalyst that leads to more and more movement until your body erupts like a mighty volcano into the mother of all stretches. Your duvet will get kicked into the area while your arms and legs will get dispersed to all four corners of the bed.
Little did you know that your morning ritual of stretching is very important for you. However, for many people this is the most stretching they’ll do all day. Unless of course, someone left the biscuit tin on the top shelf or you’re bending down to pick up your phone…
As you begin your training for the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run it is imperative that you start stretching. Stretching is a simple activity that can bring about amazing benefits in the long-term. There is no better place than a yoga class to practice your stretching and to ensure that you are doing it correctly. Yoga stretching is huge effective and here are some of these benefits:
Increased Circulation – Yoga stretching increases your blood flow levels and circulation. This results in a healthier body. Your energy levels will increase as stretching helps your blood reach all the muscles in your body. It also results in a clearer mind as oxygen is reaching your brain more effectively. A healthier body with increased energy levels and a clearer mind will significant benefit you in your training for the Great Limerick Run!
Flexibility – Yoga stretching reduces muscle tension your body. If you begin training with tight muscles you will leave yourself vulnerable to injury. And injury is something you definitely want to avoid! Yoga stretching loosens your muscles and enhances your flexibility. Flexibility is vital if you want to improve your performance consistently in training.
Injury Prevention – Incorporating yoga in your training schedule will help reduce your chances of suffering injury. Failure to add any level of stretching into your schedule means that your body will not be prepared for the physicality and endurance of a marathon and this will result in serious injury. Yoga stretching can help you reduce the threat of injury and prepare your body for a great performance.
These three benefits show you that yoga stretching is extremely important element to include in your training schedule. You can do this by yourself at home or in the gym but it is well advised that you seek assistance from a professional trainer beforehand. However, your best solution is to attend my SportsYoga class! The best form of stretching is through yoga class as it tackles every muscle in your body and strengthens them. Wear top quality Irish designed Yoga Leggings and show them how great you are with I-SPY!
So with all that said, remember that instead of just stretching in the morning, you must be stretching consistently to guarantee that your body will be fully fit for the Great Limerick Run. There is also a fine aul stretch in the evenings too! So it’s the perfect time to begin your training!
Best of luck and remember to register today.
BLOG NO. 3
Yoga on the Run
If you are a runner training for the Barrington’s Hospital, Great Limerick Run, Yoga is a great addition to your training schedule but it can be hard to set aside dedicated time with your mat when you need to run every day also! But the good news is that you don’t need to spend a massive amount of time practicing yoga to notice the benefits.
Read More Try adding even a few minutes of yoga into your day and your muscles will be thanking you! Try sneaking these poses into your daily routine and you will keep your body supple and stretched and ready for your run. You may get a few funny looks from family, colleagues and friends but it will all be worth it when you cross that finish line! So go for it, you’ll be amazed how much yoga you can fit into your day and slipping on a pair of I-spy liquid mercury yoga leggings will make it even easier to squeeze some yoga into your day!
Bend your knees and draw your heels in toward your pelvis. Press the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop open to both sides.
Try adding even a few minutes of yoga into your day and your muscles will be thanking you! Try sneaking these poses into your daily routine and you will keep your body supple and stretched and ready for your run. You may get a few funny looks from family, colleagues and friends but it will all be worth it when you cross that finish line!
So go for it, you’ll be amazed how much yoga you can fit into your day and slipping on a pair of I-spy liquid mercury yoga leggings will make it even easier to squeeze some yoga into your day!