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. Yoga for Runners
Do you like running or jogging? Here's a yoga sequence that will help you to strengthen the hips and hamstrings. This is Yoga for runners.
2. 15 minute gentle yoga for athletes
This is a gentle yoga sequence especially great for athletes. As many athletes have tight hips and hamstrings, this sequence intends to bring length into those areas, which also help release lower back tension. Always work within a pain-free range.
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. Move For Flexibility
Yoga is great for our physical lives because when our body feels good we feel more confident and happy. A regular practice will stretch out your limbs and improve flexibility, which is important for increasing our range of motion so we feel our best as we move through the day. In this Happy Yoga class, Julie will guide you through some of her favourite poses for increased flexibility and the release of muscular tension in the body.
5. Sun Salutation Variation
This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
6. 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.
7. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
8. Post Run Stretch
Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
9. 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.
10. 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.