Yoga for Walkers
Specific Yoga Classes for walkers, featuring a series of postures developed to meet the physical demands of walking, hiking, trekking, climbing, scrambling and more!
These sessions can be used to target problem areas, build muscle where required, develop breathing techniques to improve performance and focus, and assist injury prevention and recovery.
Sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups and can take place online in the comfort of your home, at Jojoba Yoga or out and about wherever you need a bit of a stretch before and/or after your climb/hike/bike/run!
Sessions can be booked in groups of up to 6 people at the studio (more outdoors) and class times can be arranged to suit your needs.
Benefits of Yoga Stretches for Walkers
An object in motion tends to stay in motion, a universal truth that is especially relevant for walkers. Once you’ve been bitten by the walking bug, it’s difficult to stop. In addition to getting you from Point A to Point B (and C and D…), putting one foot in front of the other also helps prevent heart disease, strengthens bones and joints, boosts weight loss and contributes to greater mental wellness, among other benefits.
Even if walking is your go-to workout, it’s always a good idea to mix up your movements. When you do the same activity day in and day out, you run the risk of getting burned out or suffering from overuse injuries, which is why cross-training is so important. If you’re sometimes bothered by sore feet, tired legs or an aching back after walking, you might want to consider adding some yoga-based stretches to your daily routine.
Yoga instructor Irena Miller is a big proponent of yoga as a wellness tool for walkers. “A few simple yoga poses can help you avoid a sore back, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and fatigued legs, all while boosting your stamina, decreasing muscle tension, improving your balance and strengthening your core,” she says. Walkers may also notice greater cardiovascular endurance after adding yoga to their repertoire.
JOANNA COWPER MA, MGHT, IYN
Jojoba Yoga is a Private Yoga practice run by Joanna Cowper MA, MGHT, IYN. Jo is a qualified teacher in Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kids Yogabugs, SOAR Yoga Therapy and Sport Yoga. She has been practising Yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2010.
With a background working in sport, including working on the London 2012 Olympics, Jo now specialises in Sport Yoga adapting yoga classes to suit specific sporting requirements, strengthening, stretching and relaxing the body to assist injury prevention and recovery, ideal for sporting enthusiasts and athletes.
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”