Instead of counting the minutes you’ve been pounding the pavement, a simple practice such as focusing on your breathing can transform a run into an opportunity to cultivate awareness of the mind and body. “Mindful running helps you interpret your unique internal language,” says Carmen Low, founder of Mindful Running Australia.
Based in Brisbane, Low first heard of the technique while training for the 2012 World Triathlon Championships. She now teaches students what she learned during a four-week pilot program in November 2014 by holding half-day and 90-minute mindful running workshops for both amateur and professional runners in Down Under.
“When you start listening and noticing, you become conscious of the decisions you are making and the motivations behind them. You also become aware of the consequences of those actions,” Low says.