Course Description

Welcome to Finding Balance.

This course is about finding the balance between running and yoga. Our lives crave balance as it helps us to relax, recover, and be our most successful self. Yoga provides the perfect balance for a runner. It helps one's physical body and mind, which are two critical components for a runner. The course created through research on yoga for runners educates one on origins of yoga to application of a yoga routine in your life. Enjoy, relax, and find balance.

One is able to work at one's own pace in this course. You will have unlimited access to the content in order to make it easy to look back to in the future. The course is written with interactive exercises interspersed throughout each module.

Material covered:

  • Origins of yoga
  • How yoga and sport relate
  • Physiological benefits of yoga
  • Psychological benefits of yoga
  • Sample yoga routine
  • Key poses for runners

After completing this course one will have the knowledge to lead a balanced lifestyle as a runner. One should feel confident in the basics of yoga, how to perform key poses for runners, and one should be able to develop a daily routine.

Useful Resources

Through my ten years as a runner I have found many resources to enhance my training. Here are some of my favorites:

Need help determining if this course is right for you? Send me an email: I'm happy to help!

Elena Lancioni

Hi there! Nice to meet you!I'm Elena. I am a student at Bowling Green State University studying exercise science and journalism. I am an avid runner who enjoys yoga, hiking, baking, writing, and being creative in my spare time. I aspire to lead a healthy lifestyle and inspire others to do so as well. If you are an avid runner or a beginning runner I hope you will find yoga to be a helpful practice to add to your daily routine.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Goals

    • Goals Discussion

  • 2

    Module 1: Yoga and Running Relation

    • History of Yoga

    • Hatha Yoga

    • Eight Disciplines of Yoga

    • Integration of Yoga and Sport

    • Experimental Observations

    • What is Intriguing?

  • 3

    Module 2: Physiological or Physical Benefits

    • How Does Yoga Benefit the Physical body?

    • How Does Yoga Build Strength

    • Core Strength

    • Yoga's Direct Benefits to Runners

    • Take a Deep Breath

    • What Did you Learn?

  • 4

    Module 3: Psychological and Mental Benefits

    • Benefits

    • Mindfulness and Meditation

    • Controlling Negative Thoughts

    • Identifying Negative Thoughts

    • Visualization

    • Visualization Using Meditation

    • Journaling Ideas

    • What exercise do you find most beneficial?

  • 5

    Module 4: Adding Yoga to Your Life

    • How to Find your Breath

    • Essential Yoga Poses for Runners

    • Daily Finding Balance Guide

    • Goal Reflection Sheet

    • What poses did you enjoy and dislike?