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. 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. 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.
3. 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.
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. Sun Salutation Variation
This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Yoga Post Run Stretch II
Quick post run stretch for hips, hamstrings, calf and quads.
9. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
10. Yoga for Surfers
This yoga routine is for surfers, however it is good for anybody! It focuses on shoulders, hips and core strength.