I keep trying to get Rhett and Reina to learn “Downward Dog” on command. So far this is all I’ve gotten out of them.
I envision them looking like this…
I can dream.
In all seriousness, let’s talk yoga.
I’ve told you before how running and yoga goes hand in hand for me. If I run, I must do some yoga or I end up hurt. It’s that simple. I’ve battled ankle and hip issues since I started running, both of which I keep in check *fingers crossed* now with yoga.
I might have given up running long ago and I never would have ran the Chicago Marathon if I did not figure out how to stretch my tight runners muscles.
But a lot of times, some simple yoga stretches go a long way!
I am hardly a yogi, (I’d really like to be one day,) but I have picked up some basic moves that you can add to your stretching routine that can really make a difference!
6 Yoga Poses Every Runner Must Know
1. Downward Dog
Downward Dog is one of those poses that really makes a big difference. It stretches out the entire backs of your legs and can increase your core and upper body strength.
You can get a better stretch by lengthening your back and lifting your core. I find this pose helps my legs and ankles and helps shin splints.
2. Pigeon Toe
This pose is a huge help for my hips. It’s a must do after I run. You can swing your leg into a lunge from downward dog and then slide into this pose.
3. Double Pigeon or Fire Log Pose
I discovered this pose on the second Christine Felstead DVD. It takes the stretch of the pigeon toe even farther. It seems to really help that nagging hip issue. If my hips are really tight my knees are really hard to push down. If I work on it, they will loosen up again.
4. Reclining Big Toe Pose
Get an inexpensive yoga strap and stretch away. This is such a good way to release your hamstrings. I also pull my leg just a few inches toward my body to stretch the IT band and outer hip. Feels so good!
5. Reclined Spinal Twist
This is another really good one for the hips and back.
6. Reclining Bound Angle Pose
This stretch is probably best saved for once you get home and not in mixed company, but it can really help tight hips!
What yoga move would you add to the list?
Do you like yoga?