Highlight on Murray Goodwin

Murray Goodwin is a Gold Coast guy through and through. The sprinter was born and raised on the Coast and will now compete in his first international competition, right here, at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

If you follow athletics, Murray’s name might be a familiar one. He took out Australia’s richest footrace the Stawell Gift in 2015 and has just recently won the 400m National Title, earning the mature-aged rookie a spot on the 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games team.

When Murray isn’t training or teaching physical education at a Gold Coast high school you might just find him here at Essence of Living. Murray has been complementing his track training with a regular practice of yoga for the last four years.

Murray believes that yoga has helped him to gain a balance between flexibility and range of motion and the power and muscle tension required for sprinting.

Yoga’s focus on core strength and working even the smallest of our muscle groups is an excellent supplement to Murray’s track training which is focused on major muscle groups. This more harmonious approach assists with his balance, mobility and posture.

It’s not only the physical benefits of yoga that Murray loves. He is an active advocate for a holistic approach to physical activity, including taking care of mental and emotional health too. Murray believes that yoga’s use of breath, focus and intention are beneficial for any athlete, even the students he teaches at high school.

Murray’s intention coming up to these Games was to return to athletics (he took a break from competing between 2004 and 2014) and push himself as far as he could go. We think he’s unquestionably living out this intention with zeal.

Murray is proud to represent his hometown of the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games next month, and at Essence of Living, we’re excited to be right behind him as he competes.