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Yoga for Runners

April 16, 2010

Yoga for Runners

What is a great complement to any running routine? Yoga!

After stressing your joints by pounding the pavement, trail or treadmill, give your body some must needed rejuvenation and stretching. Running often causes tight hamstrings, lower back pain and sore knees. Find balance in your body by adding yoga into your running routine. Just by adding a few poses to your post-run routine, or taking one or two weekly yoga classes can help increase flexibility, strength and prevent injuries.

Here are a few yoga poses that target runner sore spots:

Forward Fold (Uttanasana):
This pose always feels heavenly right after a long run. It releases tension in your low back while stretching out your hamstrings.

Modified Crescent Lunge or Crescent Moon (Anjaneyasana):
This is a great pre- or post-run stretch for your thighs, hip flexors, groin and abdomen. Be sure to practice this pose on both sides.

Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana):
This forward fold allows for a deep release in your low back and hips, and provides a nice hamstring stretch.

Half Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana):
This hip opener lengthens the outside of your hip muscles and lower spine, and allows for relaxation in your shoulders and neck. Be sure to practice this pose on both sides.

Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana):
This surrender-series pose provides an easy stretch on your inner hip joint, low back and upper hamstrings.

We want to hear from you! What is your favorite post-run yoga pose?