Yoga on the Run
If you are a runner training for the Barrington’s Hospital, Great Limerick Run, Yoga is a great addition to your training schedule but it can be hard to set aside dedicated time with your mat when you need to run every day also! But the good news is that you don’t need to spend a massive amount of time practicing yoga to notice the benefits. Try adding even a few minutes of yoga into your day and your muscles will be thanking you! Try sneaking these poses into your daily routine and you will keep your body supple and stretched and ready for your run. You may get a few funny looks from family, colleagues and friends but it will all be worth it when you cross that finish line!
- When you wake up in the morning, instead of pressing the snooze button on the alarm do 2 or 3 minutes in Cobblers pose. This is a great stretch for runners as it opens the inner thighs, knees and groin, and even boosts mobility in the hips.
|Bend your knees and draw your heels in toward your pelvis. Press the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop open to both sides.
- While you are waiting for the kettle to boil for your morning tea or coffee try doing a little tree pose. Tree Pose stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It builds strength in the ankles and calves and can also help remedy flat feet.
- A plank pose while you wait for the microwave to ping! Plank Pose is great for runners because good core strength is a must to prevent injury. A strong core and having an awareness of your core is going to ensure you have proper posture and form when running.
- If you have an office job try a Seated Twist at your desk. You’ll get away with doing this in the office without looking too crazy! Twist to your right from below the waist, keeping your spine straight and your head in line with your spine, focus on your breath and remain in position for several breaths, repeat on the other side. This will work the oblique’s which are important for core stability .
- It’s so easy to sink into the sofa after a long day for an hour or two of TV or Netflix but you could so easily squeeze a cow face pose in during your fave show! This shape helps bring back the natural curve in your feet, knees, and spine helping with posture and it will feel fantastic if you’re just back from a run.
- Low Lunge or Crescent Lunge is a runner’s best friend. Try doing this stretch right after your run as your cool down stretch, this will opens the whole front of the leg and front hip muscles, into your lower pelvis and abdomen. All of these muscles tend to become overly tight after running. Hold this stretch while warm for at least 20 to 30 seconds per side.
So go for it, you’ll be amazed how much yoga you can fit into your day and slipping on a pair of I-spy liquid mercury yoga leggings will make it even easier to squeeze some yoga into your day!
Safe training and I will chat to you next week