Runners: Reconnect with Your Inner Health & Wellbeing
October 20–22, 2023
Why Meditation and Yoga for Runners?
You are a runner, one of the many who have discovered the joy of moving your body. “I am already working out? Why do I need meditation?” you might ask (as so many of us have). You will find the potentially life-transforming answers at this weekend retreat, which brings together Western athleticism and Eastern contemplative practices.
Meditation and yoga complement the well-documented benefits of consistent aerobic movement. Combining these activities can stabilize the mind and body and synthesize the insights that arise in mind, body or both. Whether you are an experienced runner or just beginning to consistently move your body, you’ll find that meditation and yoga will support your journey in many ways.
There are sound evolutionary reasons why running (and walking) surged in popularity during the pandemic and has continued to grow, and become the exercise of choice for reducing stress, bringing us greater perspective, and connecting us directly to the wisdom of the body. The practices of meditation and yoga offer similar benefits, helping us cultivate stillness and non-judgmental awareness of the mind’s activities.
Join us for an extraordinary weekend of exploration, as we run and/or walk together on beautiful mountain trails and discover a deeper experience of peace through meditation and yoga. The program will include meditation instruction and practice, yoga specifically for runners, group discussion and contemplative group runs. Experienced teachers of the three disciplines will lead us on this delightful journey.
See these articles by presenter Michael Sandrock:
- What Does Meditation Have to Do with Running?
What People Say
I keep coming back to the Running with the Mind retreat — three times thus far! — because every time I discover another new skill to bring contemplation and attentiveness to my running, and to use the joy of moving my body to deepen my meditation practice. Marty, Rock, and Lara all bring extensive knowledge and deep wisdom that helped me fine tune my ability to be fully present in the outdoors and to improve my running technique so that I can stay on the trails for years to come. The other attendees also bring fresh perspectives and a sense of shared joy that shape each retreat in a unique way and results in an amazing retreat experience. I’ve done many great running retreats over the years, but the time spent at the Running with the Mind ones is unlike any other and I look forward to returning yet again soon. – Anastasia
Because of you, I really am a runner. Jake and I did the Colorado Marathon 10k this morning. I ran a 9.55/mile passing a lot of “runners”. Not only did I finish but I truly enjoyed myself…the whole time. I sort of have an itch to do a longer race now. Argh. I see how this can be addicting. I just wanted to thank you all for your support and encouragement at our retreat. It has meant so much to me and I won’t forget our experience.
PS: I don’t hate running anymore. – Leah
Photos by Marty Kibiloski from prior programs (formerly Running with the Mind of Meditation)
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Michael Sandrock is an award-winning journalist and author of Running with the Legends and Running Tough. He began running as a teenager in the forest preserves outside Chicago and went on to compete for the University of Colorado. He now studies comparative mythology, running, yoga, and meditation.
Lara Johnson was a competitive runner before, during, and after earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). As owner of Yellow Brick Physical Therapy in Boulder, CO, Dr. Lara helps people stay mobile and healthy long-term by combining her knowledge of neuromuscular body mechanics with yoga and other modalities to foster inner and outer vitality.