Benefits for Runners…(cont.)


So a while ago I posted about some benefits that runners and athletes can gain from practicing yoga. I just wanted to add some more…
So if you’re a runner, you know the kind of pressure that the impact of pressing your feet into the ground can put on your knees, back, ankles, etc. When the muscles are constantly getting strain on them, they do get stronger but if the same action is being done over and over, the muscle on the re-action side might not be getting as much attention and therefore can create an imbalance…
Yoga for balance! Runners can benefit from yoga this way because it allows you to practice from the inside and working your way out. The most common yoga combination, a sun salutation, works on evening out the opposing actions creating a balance within your muscles, breath, and your self.
Here are a few ideas to get an equal balance to body:
Cow-face fold (Gomukhasana) Benefits:
Stretch out your glutes and hips–including the hard-to-reach deep muscles–and your IT band.

 

Half lord of the fishes twist (Ardha matseyendrasana)

Benefits:
Opens the shoulders, neck and hips, stretches the IT band.

Child’s pose (Balasana)

Benefits:
Stretches hips, thighs and ankles gently; can help alleviate back pain.

Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani):
Benefits:
Stretches the hamstrings gently, allows blood that has accumulated in the feet and legs to re-circulate in the body. Offers a gentle release for the low back.

Also a reminder: Yoga for The Hoyt Foundation is happening Feb 4th! Please come and support a great cause. Check out my last post for all the info.

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