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5 Best Yoga Poses for Runners

Training for a marathon or just an everyday runner, here are 5 best yoga poses for runners. These poses has great benefit in stretching & strengthen your body

5 Best Yoga Poses for Runners. If you’re a runner incorporating a yoga practice into your routine is one of the best things you can possibly do for your body. Yoga has many benefits for runners, from stretching to helping you run faster and stronger. Yoga is also an excellent resource in recovery – both mentally and physically.  You don’t have to be an expert yogi to attempt these poses; they’re easy and simple yoga poses for novice runners and cautious yoga enthusiasts.  These poses has been beneficial to me and I hope it helps you as well.

5 Best Yoga Poses for Runners

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Pigeon.  Runners tend to have tight hips, glutes, and even in the low back. The pigeon pose hurts but is the most effective pose to open up those areas. Hold the pose with your chest up then lay your chest down over your folded leg and breathe, sinking deeper into the pose. Work on holding pigeon for two minutes on each side. Pigeon not only stimulate the internal organs and helps with urinary disorders, but is the best pose for runners and it also relieves overall stress.

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Downward Facing Dog. Before and after a run, do the Downward Facing Dog for a few minutes as it stretches out the arms, legs and back all at the same time. It is a great pose to do before a race as well because it boosts circulation and wakes you up.

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Warrior 2. This strength pose is awesome for runners especially as you lower your shoulder blades and sit your hips down into the pose. It opens up the hip flexors and elongates the torso allowing more oxygen to come into the lungs. You should hold this pose for 1-3 minutes on each side.

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Threading the Needle. Running is not just in the legs, but also through the arms as you are pumping to go fast. Often times a runner’s shoulders will ache. Threading the Needle gently pulls the shoulder and makes it relax. Hold this pose on each side for 1-2 minutes.

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Forward Fold. This is a great yoga move for runners that has a lot of benefits especially stretching the hamstrings and glutes. It also clears your mind because as you are folded over the blood rushes to your brain. Another great pose to do before a race to clear the mind and to stretch the backside. While folded over, shake your hips out to relieve all the stress and tension that hides there and then try to reach further.

As a runner, yoga is one of the best things you can do for your body. It’s a great addition to your workout and recovery routine. These five poses will help you clear your mind plus it has great benefit in stretching and strengthen your body.

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Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    September 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

    K, you are making me miss my yoga sessions big time.

  2. NYC Single Mom

    September 7, 2014 at 6:53 am

    great post and ideas now I just need to start running again.

  3. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

    September 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I can definitely see how these poses would help you stretch in all of the right places for running.

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