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. Move For Flexibility by Julie Montagu
1. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
2. Yoga Post Run Stretch II
Quick post run stretch for hips, hamstrings, calf and quads.
3. Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis
Stretching is an important part of preventing and healing plantar fasciitis. Daily stretching can help you heal your aching heel. Seeing a foot and ankle doc made all the difference in the world, so don't delay.
4. 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."
5. 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.
6. Yoga Travel Routine II
When you're traveling Yoga is probably the last thing on your mind. BUT if you take just a few minutes to move & stretch it'll help you feel more energized.
7. Post Run Stretch at Home
Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
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. Yoga for Surfers
This yoga routine is for surfers, however it is good for anybody! It focuses on shoulders, hips and core strength.
10. Hamstring Stretches
Get off the couch and stretch your hamstrings while you cheer on your fav team.