Yoga for Runners

Yoga for Runners, by Core Power Yoga

Training for a marathon is intense, taking place over the course of months or even years. From building base mileage to speed work, you will constantly be challenging and pushing your body to its limits.

It’s no surprise that many runners training for a marathon implement yoga into their cross training regimens. Yoga aids runners by increasing blood flow to overworked joints and muscles, promoting healing and making the most out of rest days. Yoga also stretches and strengthens the muscles of the legs, core and spine. Perhaps most surprisingly, yoga is a workout for the mind and helps instill a sense of determination that will definitely be crucial come race day.

Here are a few of our favorite yoga poses for runners. Try focusing on these postures next time you’re in a yoga class, and feel free to ask your instructor for pointers to nail them. Good luck snagging a PR at your next race!

Read the original post on CPY’s site here, Yoga for Runners by Core Power Yoga


Warrior III

Benefits:

·       Stretches hamstrings and thighs
·       Expands chest and lungs
·       Improves balance and posture

Chair Pose

Benefits:

·       Strengthens thighs and ankles
·       Stretches Achilles tendons and shins

Crescent Lunge Twist

Benefits:

·       Stretches the legs and hips
·       Opens the chest, shoulders and arms
·       Improves balance and energy
·       Detoxes internal organs

Pyramid Pose

Benefits:

·       Strengthens and stretches hamstrings and shoulders
·       Builds balance and coordination
·       Therapeutic for flat feet

Forward Fold

Benefits:

·       Stretches hamstrings, calves and hips
·       Strengthens thighs and knees

Squat & Curl

Benefits:

·       Opens up vertebrae
·       Flushes out front of torso

High Plank

Benefits:

·       Improves core strength
·       Strengthens the arms and spine

Supine Figure Four

Benefits:

·       Stretches the hamstrings and quadriceps
·       Opens the hips

Half Splits

Benefits:

·       Stretches the hips, hamstrings, calves and low back
·       Strengthens the hamstrings