Running, Wellbeing and a New Approach
When we set BADRAT up we were committed to doing things both differently and properly.
As part of this we approached Hannah, who runs ANANDA health and wellbeing.
We know running is about so much more than just club runs during the week, it’s a 360 degree ‘thing’, and as a running club we should be here to support our members in every run and more, through injury, with kit questions, everything.
Hannah is not only a top rate Yoga instructor, she is also a highly qualified health and well being professional. She had to be on board!
She also had great experience in running herself, and also in addressing some of the issues that have led many of us to run in the first place.
I’ll leave the proper introduction to Hannah (below), but I am very proud and excited to introduce her to you as BADRAT’s own welfare specialist. She already runs runner’s yoga, but also has agreed to offer support, advice and plans for injury recover, injury prevention, strength training, nutrition advice and more. She’s also going to provide regular blogs for BADRAT, giving all sorts of insights as well as regular Yoga positions to help us keep healthy and stave off injury!
Over to you Hannah…..
"Hi Everyone, I thought it was time I said ‘Hello’ and told you a little about me by way of an introduction.
As a teenager I was the fat one, quite literally at 104kgs and 5ft 2” I was like a little ball of fun. My focus changed and I started dancing and doing aerobics (yes it was back in the 90s!) and I lost nearly 50% of my bodyweight. Over the last 20+ years I have probably tried most forms of activity; few trends have passed me untested.
I fell in love with lifting weights because it changed the shape of my body and running, because it changed my mind-set! My students used to call me ‘The machine’ because there is nothing I love more than a burpee squat challenge!
At one time I would clock 20-30 miles of pavement pounding a week, sadly due to a knee injury in 2018 (despite all the rehab and investigation) I am lucky if I manage 3 miles a week now. I have traded the pavement for spaghetti hoop tyres – I do love my road bike but I do not get the buzz that running has always provided.
I turned my love of fitness and health into my career and as well as being a leisure trust Health and Wellbeing Manager I have primarily taught Sports Science and Fitness courses at College and University level. Alongside this I ran my own fitness business which, presented me lots of wonderful opportunities such as becoming a Reebok hub co-ordinator and Strength and Conditioning Coach for a Team GB Paralympian, as well as personal training and leading group exercise.
In 2018 I took a leap of faith and set up Ananda Health and Wellbeing - a multi faceted holistic and training service provider. So you could say my work is based around helping people to become the best version of themselves both physically and emotionally.
In terms of fitness my ethos is this – its not about how far or how fast, it’s about how effectively you recover (this has probably been shaped by my ability to smash through most challenges but be broken for weeks after!).
Injury is the bane of every athlete and sports person whether amateur or professional and I’m a huge advocate of ‘prevention is better than cure’ and this is why yoga and massage benefits runners so much to help prevent injury (but as you’ll have read from Clair’s story it also works wonders for rehab!)
That’s enough about me – What’s more important is what you can expect from me:
Blogs The first one this week is all about ‘The benefits of yoga for runners’
Special offers on all fitness and wellbeing services for club members This month’s special offer is £5.00 off the virtual class pass to access the Yoga for Sport Class on Mondays at 7.30pm (T&Cs apply)
Stretch of the month (or perhaps week if you enjoy them!) If you’ve got an injury or a tight area let me know and I will do my best to provide information that is useful to you.
..or please feel free to contact me directly via email or phone – I’m here to help!
Please take a read of my first blog, exclusive for BADRAT, Yoga For Sport - Designed for you.
Hannah Parbatti Chaudhri
Ananda ~ Health and Wellbeing "
Thanks Hannah! Nick, team BADRAT.