If you want to get the best out of yourself as an athlete, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re aiming for personal records or simply to feel better in your body, you can give your performance a winning edge by nourishing yourself with the right food and adding key yoga moves into your training.
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 my daily yoga practice and nutritional awareness 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 trying to lose some weight while training for a marathon but the extra kilos won’t budge and you don’t want to diet.
Perhaps you’ve had disabling stomach issues in previous events and you want to know how to avoid it happening again.
Or maybe you’re looking for advice on how to release your inner champion and you’ve landed on this page.
Whatever the reason, I’m here to help.
You already know about the 3 disciplines of triathlon – swimming, cycling and running. Nutrition is often referred to as the 4th discipline. 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).
In this blog I’ll share what I know about how functional yoga and good nutrition can enhance your performance, both as an athlete and in daily life. I’ll also talk about general 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 private yoga tuition, holistic health coaching and sports group instruction. Just get in touch with me through the contacts page.
My blog does not provide medical advice, and I do not claim to be able to assist you to cure any medical condition or disease. The articles written and opinions expressed in this blog are for informational purposes only. This information is based on my qualifications, analysis of research studies, and my experience as a holistic health and yoga coach. No material provided here is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
My aim is to support you to achieve your athletic goals by providing quality resources about health, nutrition and yoga. Your wellness and fitness depend on many factors beyond my influence, such as your current health status, genetic makeup, hereditary profile, personal background and experience, commitment and motivation. You are fully responsible for the results and outcomes you attain.