Yoga for Runners

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If you asked me to describe myself in one word, I would say runner. If I have a spare 20 minutes between giving my daughter a bath and making dinner, I am out the door in a heartbeat. A good day for me is getting up at the buttcrack of dawn to hammer out 10 miles before my family has even rolled out of bed. I train for marathons and put a lot of wear and tear on this body of mine. Over the course of an average mile your foot with hit the ground 1,000 times and the force of that impact is three to four times your body weight. So, it’s not surprising that most runners complain of sore backs and knees. People who run exclusively for exercise tend to be really tight in their legs. They have overdeveloped hamstrings and under developed quads, which creates an imbalance. Nothing helps to stretch you out and keep your balance your body than working 2-3 days of yoga into your fitness regimen. Below are a few yoga poses that are known to be great for complementing your running routine.

Pyramid (promotes stability, stretches hamstrings)
Stand with your left leg front. Hinge forward from the hips, tilting the pelvis forward and keeping the back straight, knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back and stretch them up.

Lunge with Twist (stretches hips)
Step your left foot back; lower down so your knee and toes rest on the ground. Put your palms together. Twist and rest your left triceps on your right quad. Look over your shoulder.

Reverse Table (strengthens abs and back)
Sit with your knees bent, feet on the floor, hands directly under your shoulders with fingers spread wide. Push up through your hands and feet until your torso and thighs are parallel to the floor.

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