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. Yoga for Energy and Inspiration by Julie Montagu
1. Yoga for Energy and Inspiration
Feeling a little tired and unmotivated? You are not alone. Everyone has moments when we just don't have the energy or the will to do anything productive. However, the secret is to just get moving! Just 20 minutes of light activity to get your heart pumping and blood flowing will have you feeling instantly more inspired and revitalized. In this session, Julie will guide you through the yoga poses that she has designed specifically for those times when we are in need of a mental re-boot for more energy and inspiration.
2. Yoga for Back Strength
A strong back and upright posture enables us to stand tall and feel more confident and empowered. A strong, well-conditioned back can withstand more stress, and protect the spine better, ensuring that we are less likely to get injured as we move and exercise. In this session, Julie will guide you through a yoga sequence incorporating a series of dynamic poses that stretch and strengthen the back.
3. Yoga for Weight Loss
Is it possible to lose weight by practicing yoga? The answer is yes! Yoga is not only a great way to burn calories, it also reduces stress levels in the body which can assist in weight loss. So if feeling lighter and more toned is your goal, then this Happy Yoga class is designed just for you. Join Julie for this energizing yoga session that is sure to have you feeling healthier and happier.
4. Yoga for Every Day
In this class Julie will take you through the exact yoga sequence she does every day to keep her feeling energized, balanced and happy. In addition to strengthening and toning your body, the mental benefits of a regular daily yoga practice include stress relief, mental clarity, focus and increased confidence. Are you ready to become a healthier, happier version of you?
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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."
10. 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.