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Body and soul

Body and soul

Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in Canada, and a number of well-known athletes such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar advocate the use of yoga is training regimens. There are several different styles of yoga, but they all emphasize the integration of mind, body and spirit.

A tanned, ruddy-faced triathlete sits cross-legged on a futon in the basement lounge of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in downtown Toronto. Leith Drury became a serious convert to yoga last January when she began training for the 1994 world triathlon championships, to be held in New Zealand in November. Although her coach had designed a five-hour-a-day training regimen, the 51-year-old Drury felt that the program did not include enough emphasis on flexibility. Since she took up yoga, she says, her breathing, relaxation and endurance have all improved. “In yoga, when you’re lying on the floor, you try to concentrate on your breathing and focus your mind,” explains Drury. “I try now in my competition to get that same kind of focus, and to let go of everything else that’s floating around–including what other competitors are doing.” Continue reading Body and soul