Adding yoga into your running routine is is helpful on multiple levels. Yoga helps strengthen and stretch tight muscles to help promote healing and also helps increase blood flow to joints and muscles.
1. Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)
Opens up the hip flexors, low back and tops of the feet.
2. Parighasana (Gait Pose)
Targets inner thigh muscles without being too aggressive.
3. Adho mukha svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
Strengthens the shoulder girdle and core while lengthening the back of the legs and ankles.
4. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana(Pigeon Pose)
Also known as “the king of all hip openers” this pose lengthens the large muscles in the outside of the hip as well as the knee extensor muscles.
5. Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Twist)
Along with promoting spinal rotation, this pose releases tension commonly built up in the IT band, a long band of muscle and connective tissue that can get extremely tight in runners potentially leading to knee and hip pain.
Watch this YouTube video for various options of each pose.
By Staci Alden, Group Fitness Director at PRO Club