Yoga for Athletes

Yoga Videos for Improving Running and Baseball Players

Leslie Vale • June 3, 2015
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
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1. Standing Wide-Legged Forward Fold | Prasarita Padottanasana | Yoga With Adriene
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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!
2. Post Run Stretch
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Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
3. Hip & Hammies Stretch at a Wall
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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.
4. Yoga for Athletes: Prevent and Heal Injuries
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In this effective cross training video tailored for athletes, you'll cultivate a deeper connection to your body, and attune to the breath. Using repetitious, basic, yet powerful moves lead by Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant, you'll find this video to be the perfect addition to your weekly athletic regime. Refine your own strength with plyometrics, strength building, and core work in this Grokker Premium video. All levels welcome.
5. Yoga for Surfers: Balance
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If you're looking to enhance performance and mobility on your board, bike, or in your typical run routine, this Grokker premium video is perfect for you. Designed by Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant, the routine improves core strength through a variety of ab integration techniques and standing balancing postures.
6. Post Ride or Run Stretch
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After you ride or run, quick stretch for hamstrings, quads and hips - Great to use a fence, bench or tree for stretches.
7. Yoga for Athletes: Feet and Foundation
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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.
8. Runner's Lunge - Foundations of Yoga
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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."
9. Sun Salutations
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Saluting the sun is a group of poses that works the whole body, builds internal heat, and it will increase your energy level.
10. Pre-Run Warm Up
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This is an instructional yoga video that is perfect for a pre-run warm up. It incorporates a bit of core work and lots of hamstring and hip flexor lengthening. As always, be sure to move within a pain-free range, and breathe full, deep breaths.
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