5 of the Best Yoga Poses for Runners

yogaI’ve recently added running to my workout routine and I must say, I’m rather enjoying it.  That’s something I thought I’d never say because running any kind of distance is something I’ve always dreaded.  This body, with the super heavy, muscular legs, was built for sprinting. So, running anything more than 200 metres has always been a challenge. I think I’m enjoying the running because I’m challenging and pushing my self and it puts me in a “zone” or some kind of meditative state, much like yoga.

Both running and yoga help to clear my mind and focus on the present moment. Yoga offers so many benefits that can be used to improve my running skills which will encourage me to stick with it!

How does yoga tie in to running?

  1. During a yoga class you’re encouraged to focus on your breathing. This helps to keep you in the present moment and helps you to push through the more difficult poses. Focusing on your breathing while running can help you get through a longer run by keeping you calm and centered.
  2. Yoga keeps you physically balanced and strong. It strengthens your core which develops balance and alignment.  A strong core will also help to maintain good form when your legs become tired.
  3. Yoga poses will improve range of motion and increase flexibility by loosening up the hamstrings, quads and calves. Doing some yoga poses after a run will help to decrease muscle soreness.

The following five yoga poses are ideal to add to your routine after a run while your muscles are still warm:

Thunderbolt

thunderbolt-pose

  • stretches the leg muscles, soles of the feet and ankles
  • strengthens ankles to prevent rolling

Eye of the Needle

eye of the needle

  • opens the hips for more mobility
  • stretches hamstrings and glutes

Reclining Spinal Twist

reclining spinal twist

  • stretches the iliotibial (IT) band
  • stabilizes hips and knees when running

Balance the Cat

balance the cat

  • improves balance
  • strengthens core muscles

Kneeling Lunge

kneeling lunge

  • stretches hips and thighs

As with any new program be sure that it’s safe for you to start.  Both running and yoga can place a lot of strain on your knees so pay attention to any sign of pain. Give these poses a try and let me know what you think.

Namaste 🙂

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About fitchick007

I aspire to educate and motivate others towards acheiving a healthy body and lifestyle.

Posted on August 9, 2013, in Fit Tips and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I have always been interested in stretching and a holistic approach to running – great benefits for mood disorders and stress issues.

  2. I can’t run do to bad knees, but gonna try these poses anyway. I need to stretch more!

  1. Pingback: A Good Ol’ Stretch | Courage To Run

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