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. 7 Day Body & Soul Boot Camp: Deep Core Yoga
To really work your core, you have to go beyond basic crunches. Brett Larkin will help you find and work your deepest abdominal muscles in just 15 minutes. The class begins with a challenging core sequence on the floor, and is followed by a short yoga flow to stretch you out as a reward at the end.
2. 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.
3. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
4. 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.
5. Yoga Post Run Stretch II
Quick post run stretch for hips, hamstrings, calf and quads.
6. Sun Salutation Variation
This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
7. 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.
8. Post Run Stretch at Home
Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
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. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.