She’s a professional sprinter, yoga teacher and now Fiit trainer. And she’s here to bring a whole new level of athletic performance to your yoga and running.
We caught up with Lina and her dog, Logan for a chat about her new Yoga For Runners classes. And spoiler alert – she’s even more awesome than you thought.
KIT CARRIER TURNED PRO
Raised in East London, just near Fiit HQ, Lina was inspired by what she saw as a kit carrier at the London Olympics. So much so, she ditched her dreams of becoming a Doctor to turn pro in 2015.
But, after an injury setback in 2017, she fell in love with yoga. Four years later and not only has she won a Euro Teams gold in the 400 hurdles but she’s joined Fiit. And she’s brought knowledge, experience and tight hamstrings with her.
Lina says: Yoga is more than stretching. It’s your personal journey. And it all adds up! Each pose, stretch and transition is an improvement. It’s about your mind-muscle connection and proprioception – understanding where your body is in space and focusing on each movement.
YOGA FOR RUNNERS IS YOGA FOR PERFORMANCE
Recovery. Prehab. Proprioception. This is what’s going to take your performance to the next level. And it’s exactly what Lina’s here for.
Lina says, One of the great things about yoga is that it can be really specific for running. My classes can be taken before or after your training. Or even on a rest day.
We target all the classic runner’s nags and niggles because being injury-free is super important.
I’m a big believer in prehab. But it’s something that not enough people do. With these Yoga For Runners classes, you’re doing all the prehab, without knowing you’re doing prehab.
SLOWING DOWN TO MOVE FASTER
When it comes to improving athletic performance, we can become so focused on getting faster, stronger, more explosive and building endurance that we forget the little things.
But, it’s no surprise that Lina’s quickest year on the track is the same year she’s done the most yoga.
Now you can get some of that magic.
Lina says: Since starting yoga, I’ve seen a big difference in my foot strength. It’s something that sets me apart from other runners. And as yogi’s, we’re training it every time we hit the mat.
When we grip with our toes, we’re hitting all the small muscles in our feet and ankles. When we transition from pose to pose, we’re getting technical – increasing awareness and teaching ourselves how to move more effectively.
This directly translates to running.
PERFORMANCE DOESN’T MEAN PERFECTION
As a runner, Lina’s tight. Like, real tight. Her hamstrings aren’t indulged with thousands of hours of lengthening perfection. And it’s not actually in her best interest to have the world’s most supple Achilles.
So, when you hit the mat stiff and sore from busting your ass doing HIIT, strength, running, or just living your best damn life – you can know Lina’s on the same page.
Lina says: I’m not like most other yoga teachers. I used to beat myself up for not being able to get into the perfect position. Sometimes I’m just tight and sore, I lose balance and I fall all over the place.
But, you know what? Yoga isn’t about being perfect. It’s a journey. And it’s personal.
If we’re serious about HIIT, strength and running, we’re going to get tight. Yoga is there to improve our flexibility and mobility, and also help us understand ourselves a bit more.
Want Lina to level up your running, yoga and everything in between? You know what to do.