28 Dec '12, 8pm

Hoping to get into yoga in 2013? Here's all you need to know:

Sure, you're time-crunched and, okay, maybe a little intimidated about being the only person who can't touch his toes in a room full of Gumbys. But winter is the perfect opportunity to put excuses aside, when your mileage is likely to take a dip, making it easier to carve out cross-training time. And if you're starting the New Year with the goal of nabbing an elusive PR or wrestling a nagging injury to the ground, yoga could be a critical piece of your get-faster or get-healthy plan. Yoga has the potential to do so much good--improving strength, flexibility, and mental focus--that it's surprising that so many runners don't know a downward dog from an upward dog. In fact, 73 percent of respondents to a recent runnersworld.com poll said they don't hit the mat. Why strike a pose? Studies have shown that yoga squashes stress, aids weight loss, eases pain, helps people stick to...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/stretching/yoga-poses-build-s...

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