8 ESSENTIAL YOGA POSES FOR RUNNERS

Yoga is great for runners because it counteracts the tightening and shortening of muscles that occur during running. Strengthen and lengthen your leg muscles, improve flexibility and prevent injuries by practising these 8 yoga poses 3 times a week. These poses target areas of the body that are problematic for runners, like the hamstrings, the IT band, hip flexors, psoas, and shoulders. The benefits of these stretches include better core strength, strengthening your glutes, loosening your shoulders, improving your breathing and preventing injuries on the whole.

  1.  Cobra Pose:  Its a chest and shoulder opener, which can help improve a runner’s posture, expand breathing and strengthen the glutes.

2. Plank : it strengthens the core, shoulders, hips and lower back; everything runners need for s strong running core.

       3. Side Plank :  It strengthens the core. shoulders and lower back, and lengthens the spine.

       4. Chakrasan : Your glutes are the largest muscle in your body, and they definitely go to work when you’re  running. This back        bend opens up tight glute muscles and stretches the hamstrings too.

  5.  Tree Pose : improves balance, strengthens weak ankles, lengthens the spine and opens up the shoulders.

6. Supta Vajrasan : Runners are known for their tight hamstrings and stiff hips. This back bending asana is one of the most beneficial hip flexors and hamstring stretch for runners.

7. Warrior Pose 1 : Stretches and relieves sore hip flexors; strengthens hamstrings and quads. Opens up your chest and shoulders and helps to center and re-align your whole body.

8. Butterfly : This asana loosens and releases tightness from the hip abductor muscles, and releases any tension in the lower back.

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