During the off-season I really try to get back to my yoga roots. It doesn’t always work out to take a class, but if I can get a few sun salutations and some other poses in, I feel better. The teacher the other day said something I try to remember about yoga. He said asana is the physical practice of yoga, merely one part, but the full practice of yoga includes more than the movements. You don’t have to be spiritual to practice asana, but maybe it inspires you to get a little closer to the practice of yoga.
Don’t be afraid if you don’t feel flexible when starting to try a few sun salutations. In fact, if you’re not flexible, you’ll find that each time you try it you get a little bit better. And you might even have a little fun and be able to laugh at yourself for not being so flexible, then work harder to get there. It’s a great off-season practice for triathlon to create flexibility and balance. I even have a little pre-race yoga ritual that helps me warm up and stay calm and mentally focused for the start. Try it!