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. 15 Minute Yoga for Men
This video is really for anyone, but it focuses on opening up the shoulders, chest, hip flexors and hamstrings, which are all common trouble areas for men. Start with a warm up before doing this video. Always work within a pain-free range, and remember that flexibility comes with practice.
2. 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength
This is an instructional 20 minute yoga video that aims to strengthen the core in preparation for arm balances such as crow pose, headstand, handstand and forearm stand. The intention is to work all parts of the core including the upper abs, lower abs and obliques in a variety of ways that keeps the body guessing.
3. Runner's Lunge - Foundations of Yoga
Learn Runner's Lunge with Adriene! (Not just for runners! For everyone!) This foundational posture is often used in Hatha Yoga sequences and is great for the hips, glutes, groin, quads and hamstrings. A great warm up for almost any exercise. "Cool Runnings!!!" "Cool Runnings" means "Peace be the journey."
4. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
5. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
6. Yoga for Skateboarders: Leg Stretching
Heighten your performance and stretch those legs. If you're suffering from ankle immobilization, tight joints, and sore legs, Ashleigh has created the perfect sequence for alleviating your chronic symptoms. Designed for skateboarders, but effective for all athletes who experience these symptoms, the targeted postures that Ashleigh showcases in this video will allow you to feel, and perform, at your best.
7. Yoga for Athletes: Strength Sequence
In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of full body poses designed to increase strength and stamina. Sun salutations, warrior poses, and arm balances are a few of the poses you'll encounter. This class is appropriate for intermediate and advanced students.
8. Yoga for Athletes: Feet and Foundation
Discover the foundational elements of aligned movement. This Grokker Premium video breaks down the basic principles of setting a solid foundation so you can build your yoga practice effectively, efficiently and safely. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant will explain alignment and awareness needed to keep your joints safe and keep your body moving properly as you develop your practice. Designed for beginners but all levels are welcome for this refreshing foundations class.
9. 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.
10. 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.