This all changed in my early 20s when I injured my IT band and had to stop running for close to six months. In order to avoid going stir crazy, I decided to try a workout I had long since lost interest in: yoga. When I first started taking classes I had a hard time with it; I would get antsy and start fidgeting. When we were supposed to be focusing on our breathing with our eyes closed I would start counting ceiling tiles. Slowly, however, I started to come around to the practice. Even now, years after my IT band has healed, I have found yoga to be beneficial to my running both mentally and physically.