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. Heart and Hips by Michael James Wong
1. 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.
2. Yoga for Athletes: Agility and Balance Sequence
This Vinyasa flow sequence tailored for athletes will help you to enhance both agility and balance. Working with the breath, you'll move through a slow warm up of 10 poses, beginning with three breaths each. Then, move through standing postures including warrior 1, 2, and 3 that will systematically prepare the body for the Apex pose, handstand. Rock and roll through these poses to engage powerful core strength and dexterity. Practice alongside Grokker Yoga Expert, Tammy Mittell in this Premium video designed to improve balance. Intermediate.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Yoga for Athletes: Pre-Workout Practice
Move efficiently and effectively to activate the major muscle groups in the body to prep you for a killer workout. This short, sweet, and succinct practice is meant to awaken the body gently by opening the hips, legs, chest, and upper back in order to optimally prepare the body for the most rewarding work out. Follow Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant in this Grokker Premium video for muscle awakening and body awareness. All levels.
6. Athletic Yoga for Cross Training
Adding some isometric holds and plometrics to your yoga for a great pre training warm up or to cross train.
7. Post Run Stretch
Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
8. Yoga for Surfers: Strengthening the Legs
Need a boost in your athleticflexibility and execution? This well balanced sequence can be performed before your surf routine, or before any workout that requires lower body mobility. Feel the immediate benefits of increased agility through the hips and legs. In this Grokker Premium video, celebrated yoga expert Ashleigh Sergeant takes you through a yoga sequence designed to build strength and circulation through your muscles, then broadens range of motion through the joints.
9. Yoga for Athletes: Prevent and Heal Injuries
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.
10. 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.