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. 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."
2. Sun Salutation Variation
This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
3. Yoga for Athletes: Recovery Program
Balance and realign the body on a rest day. This is the perfect practice for athletes looking to open the body and relax into the breath. Follow Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant through this mellow sequence designed to rest and heal sore muscles. This is an ideal routine for recovery days after a challenging training. Speed your recovery time with this rewarding Grokker Premium video. All levels.
4. 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.
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!
6. Post Run Stretch at Home
Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
7. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
8. 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.
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 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.