Runners are always looking for effective ways of taking care of their bodies and practicing yoga is a proven way for runners to prevent injuries. Running can be particularly hard on your knees, back and ankles and there are a number of specific yoga poses that can help relieve the strain placed on these muscles, increase your functional strength and flexibility. By helping you to train your breathing yoga can also help you to increase your oxygen intake whilst running. 20 Minute Pre-Run Warm Up Yoga
1. Sun Salutations
Saluting the sun is a group of poses that works the whole body, builds internal heat, and it will increase your energy level.
2. Post Ride or Run Stretch
After you ride or run, quick stretch for hamstrings, quads and hips - Great to use a fence, bench or tree for stretches.
3. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
4. Yoga Post Run Stretch II
Quick post run stretch for hips, hamstrings, calf and quads.
5. Yoga for Athletes: Enhance Performance
Designed specifically to enhance performance for runners and athletes, this series of deep yogic stretches focuses on conditioning your range of motion. By systematically opening the hips, quads, and hamstrings in this Grokker premium video, Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant creates a sequence that can be done before, during, or after your typical cardio workout to increase mobility and strength.
6. Yoga for Athletes: Increase Flexibility
In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of lower body poses designed to increase flexibility. Perfect for intermediate and advanced students, this class will aid cross-training flexibility.
7. Hip & Hammies Stretch at a Wall
If you have a park bench or wall to stretch at, use it! If not, you can do similar standing stretches for hips and hamstrings without even taking your sneakers off.
Foundations of Yoga continues with Adriene! In this episode we learn Standing Wide-Legged Forward fold from the ground up with a strong focus on Action and Alignment.This pose is great for the whole body! Prasarita Padottanasana strengthens the legs and the back and tones the abdominal wall. It stretches the hamstrings, hips and lower back inviting the muscles to open and feel good. In fact, this is a great pose after a jog or run! It is also calming for the system and can help to relieve anxiety or jitters. This pose can also help to relieve headaches and fatigue. It can be challenging too!
9. 15 minute gentle yoga for athletes
This is a gentle yoga sequence especially great for athletes. As many athletes have tight hips and hamstrings, this sequence intends to bring length into those areas, which also help release lower back tension. Always work within a pain-free range.
10. Yoga For Skateboarders: Back Pain
Suffering from low back pain? Restore the natural curvature of your spine. Designed for skateboarders, but effective for anyone with recurring lower back issues, this sequence has clear attention on alignment to optimize the benefits of your yoga. If you are a cyclist, runner, or skateboarder, this Grokker premium video is perfect for elevating performance. These accessible, modified moves will gently strengthen the lower vertebra, addressing both piriformis and sciatic pain.