Accomplished triathletes making yoga
part of their training...
I believe my interest in yoga stemmed from a few
experiences and needs: I grew up taking dance from
childhood including my years at Purdue—so yoga
is an extension of movement and mindfulness, just
as dance was for me. I've also been a runner for 20
years, now. I love how yoga is relaxing to my mind.
Running does not always provide that outlet/sense of
calm. There are many days I don't feel like going for a
run and become anxious; furthermore, it is nice to step
onto the mat without pre-workout anxiety. Without
needing to say, yoga helps to keep me flexible and
provides the much-needed stretch for running
recovery. I started taking yoga over 15 years ago and,
for now, primarily practice at home.
Aside from why I practice, I am married to Jeremy
and mother of 2 children (Patrick and Abigael, 5 and
3) ...perhaps another reason I need yoga! We are a
very active family who enjoys hiking, playing at parks
and riding bikes. I love to cycle and finished my first
triathlon last summer. I am strongly considering
getting my 200-hr yoga certification in the future.
I went to Invoke studio for my 200-hr yoga teacher
training, finishing in 2013, and have been teaching
yoga ever since. I feel it is a great way to strengthen
and stretch for triathletes or anyone. I am also an ACE
certified personal trainer. I am an avid cyclist (road and
mountain), trail runner and triathlete. Although my real
passion is Xterra triathlons (off-road triathlons which
comprise swimming, mountain biking and trail running),
I also do some road triathlons.
Special thanks to Mandi Fagen and Jeff Hartman for helping with the photo shoot at Endurance House in Fishers. ■
INDIANA & YOGA MAGAZINE ISSUE I