If you’re looking for ways to become a better athlete, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re aiming for personal bests or simply to feel more powerful in your body every day, yoga can give you that edge you’re looking for.
How do I know?
I’m Larissa. Yogi, triathlete, writer, animal welfare enthusiast and coffee snob. I’m also a double degree-qualified nutritionist and anti-ageing specialist.
I’ve been a yoga practitioner and teacher for over 20 years. My key influences were Asthanga and Atmaviksa, and I was privileged to spend time in India with the inspirational teachers of these practices: Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Yogacharya Venkatesha.
Yoga remained a key part of my training when I decided to do an Ironman event as my 50th birthday rose on the horizon. Crazy huh? But I’m not known for taking an easy path through life. Pushing limits pushes my feel-good button.
I’d been a recreational 5k fun-runner for a couple of years, but I hadn’t swum or ridden a bike for at least 25 years. In just 12 months, I went from the scary idea of taking on this mammoth challenge, to crossing the finish line in 12 hours 37 minutes.
It wasn’t easy. There were plenty of challenges in making this lean bendy body become a 140.6 mile machine.
I believe yoga gave me an edge as a first timer, and that it can make a difference for you too, whatever your goals are.
Maybe you’ve got annoying niggles, aches or injuries that are getting in the way of consistent quality training.
Perhaps you need to strengthen your core, but don’t have time to go to the gym.
Maybe you’re recovering from an injury, or you’ve had surgery, and you’re looking for guidance on how to get back into exercise as soon as possible.
Perhaps you get so wound up before an event that you never allow yourself to perform at your best on the day.
Or maybe you’re just interested to know whether yoga is beneficial for athletes, and you’ve landed on this page.
Whatever the reason, I’m here to help.
You already know about the 4 disciplines of triathlon – swimming, cycling, running and nutrition. By adding yoga as the 5th discipline, you can get closer to your potential by:
- improving your functional range of motion (power, economy and ease of movement)
- building core strength (postural alignment, balance and endurance)
- developing body awareness that’s as accurate as any fancy monitor (effort control, pain tolerance and injury prevention)
- conditioning your body and mind for the challenges of race day (resilience, focus and confidence).
This is a personal blog where I’ll share what I know about how yoga can enhance your performance, both as an athlete and in daily life. I’ll also talk about health, wellbeing and state of mind because being the best athlete you can be doesn’t stop when you finish a training session. It’s an awesome part of who you are every minute of the day.
If you’re looking for more individual guidance, then I’m available for one-one-one consultations, private yoga tuition, and sports group instruction. Just get in touch with me through the contacts page.