PoYo Santa Barbara Sponsored Athlete, Todd Booth loves nothing more than to compete... he has been racing mountain bikes for 27 years and competitively running the last 16 years. Combined, he's competed in over 1000 races and while he is always looking for the next challenge his body has been telling him otherwise. So, as he has gotten older and wiser, he decided to incorporate different techniques, equipment and exercises in order for his body to adapt, recover and stay focused.
That's where yoga fell in...he started to stay limber and try something new and along the way found an inner peace that wasn't there before. This hour a day not only has improved his flexibility and core strength but gave his competitive and fast-paced mind a moment to relax.
Elke started her competitive triathlon career in 2010 on the UCSB Triathlon Team. It wasn’t until after she graduated UCSB that she set her sights on longer races including 70.3s and a full Ironman. 2015 was a year Elke will never forget with two 70.3 and one Ironman age group podium finishes, and two Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifications and a ticket to the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI in 2016.
Elke’s 2016 race schedule is looking pretty stacked with four big races: Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in April, Ironman Vineman in July, Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Australia in September, and Ironman World Championships in Kona in October. She is super stoked about the races and opportunities she’s been given this year and is beyond thrilled to be representing PoYO! She’s a firm believer that yoga has helped her become a well-rounded athlete, both physically and mentally. Yoga has allowed her to open up, stretch, and strengthen her body after long, hard workouts that tend to tighten big muscle groups. It has also helped her to find acceptance, peace, and focus.
Now in his early 30s, Bryan has traded up from competitive gymnastics and award winning swimming for long distance running. Starting out slow with half marathons, later training and racing on mountain trails is where Bryan has discovered his true strength and passion. After placing 2nd overall at his first trail race at Montana De Oro in 2012, he took the next step and joined Luis Escobar for an ultra run on the Santa Barbara’s 9 Trails course and became instantly hooked on ultra trail running.
Bryan started off the 2015 season by reaching new heights and finishing with a 2nd Place overall win at the Santa Barbara 9 Trails Endurance Run, then meeting his goal of running 100mi in under 20 hours - 19 hrs 37 min to be exact. In the fall he traveled to Patagonia to place 3rd at the Ultra Trail Torres del Paine 50k, finally finishing off the year with the win at Red Rock 50 - 51 tough miles with 14,000ft of elevation change. His next major goals are to qualify for the prestigious UTMB and to continue to grow his photography business. For Bryan, Yoga has been the key to his physical and mental success.
``Yoga allows me to focus my mind, strengthen my body, awaken my spirit and most importantly teach me to have fun while doing it all”
“I completed 5 aquabike races so far this year, met all my goals and consistently made it on the podium at age 69. Yoga at Power of Your Om has improved my core strength and flexibility while training hard and racing often. The chill it out classes have also complimented my training after hard workouts and races. I have also learned how I can use a lot of the yoga poses when I cannot get into class to keep me limber and youthful.”
Lindsay is a professional heptathlete training for the 2016 Olympic Trials and hopefully beyond. She has competed on 4 USA international teams and her next big stage will be the Olympic Trials in July of this year. She was introduced to yoga briefly in college, not completely understanding her body and how to take care of it (and still learning everyday).
``Power of Your Om has taught so much. I came into yoga wanting to gain the flexibility and improve the function of my body. I have gained way more and learned how to control my body a little bit more (mentally, breath, etc). I coach and personal train as my job outside of training. I am around youth athletes mostly. I wish I could have known back than what I know now. I want to influence at a young age. Power of your Om has helped me become a better person and I want more people to jump into the yoga world.``
Alyssa loves the challenge of sports, every day waking up excited to see what more she can do and triathlon provides just that because there are so many aspects to the sport. She loves pushing herself to challenges that seem scary or hard and coming out of them learning about what she can do to be better. Adding Yoga to her training has, in her words, ``totally changed my life. Not only physically but mentally. My body and my mind now have time to recover and I feel stronger. I want everyone to know that.``
Athletes of all kinds, levels and abilities are welcome to apply for Santa Barbara athlete sponsorship.
We are taking applications for 2016! We officially review applications until March 15th and will respond by March 31st.
If you are interested, please click below to learn more about the program and submit your application.