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. 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.
2. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
3. 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.
4. Sun Salutation Variation
This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
5. Yoga for Surfers: Shoulders and Upper Back
If you are suffering from pain, tension, and or limited range of motion in your shoulders, neck, and upper back, then this class is exactly what you need. Ashleigh Sergeant will take you through a series of poses that will first relax your muscles and then strengthen them in order to provide long-lasting relief. This class is appropriate for students of all skill levels.
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!
7. 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.
8. Pre-Run Warm Up
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.
9. 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.
10. Yoga For Runners 2 - Cool Down Sequence
Stretch it out and cool it down after your run with this Yoga For Runners Sequence!This practice is an all level sequence that is good for keeping the muscles and joints happy and healthy. Use the tools of Yoga to compliment your running practice. Check in with your breath, stretch and strengthen the muscles and avoid unnecessary tightness, soreness and joint pain.