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AUG
07
2014

Yoga for runners


Yoga for runners
At 121 Personal Training we help athletes such as runners and triathletes to improve performance and recovery, and reduce injury risk through 121 yoga training.
Yoga is great cross-training for pretty much everything. By moving easily and exploring yourself, you get to know what you’ve got, and you can become very good at working with it. Naturally, people often ask, “What poses are best for running?”
The short answer is that it’s less important what poses you do, and more important how you do whatever you do. Things like hamstring and hip openers are nice. But as an athlete, you want a couple of things:
1. Movement.
You want to be able to move easily.
2. Balance.
 You want a good balance between stability and mobility.
Pushing and stretching into yoga poses over time tends to make people hyper-mobile in vulnerable joints — including knees, hips and shoulders. That’s easy to avoid, simply by moving easily and not pushing into poses. This brings us back to the initial training principle: move easily, everything you’ve got, in every direction you can. The poses aren’t the goal. You’re the goal.
Stay relaxed and easy in your body. Rather than running headlong into challenges like tight hamstrings, move gently around them. Breathe deeply, and let your mind and body relax — in their own way, in their own time. When you find something that feels good to linger in, then linger! Again, no need to push into something tight.
You’ll gain much more by staying easy in your joints rather than locked stiff. Explore in every direction you can. Lean gently and breathe deeply wherever you feel like leaning and breathing.
Using your yoga to learn about your body and discover through your own movement how to work easily with what you’ve got, you’ll become much faster. You won’t be working against yourself, so you’ll also go for longer without tiring. Putting softness into your strength, injuries will be less frequent, and will heal more efficiently.
Try our yoga for runners packages at your own home, office, private gym or local park.
Contact us at info@121personaltraining.com to arrange your first yoga for runners training session!
Source for this article:
121personaltraining.com – yoga for runners – yoga at home in Earlsfield, Putney, Southfields, Wandsworth and Wimbledon.
Magdalena Skrzypek
About the Author
Magda is a YMCA qualified Hatha yoga teacher and a Premier qualified nutrition coach. She specialises in providing private yoga lessons and nutrition coaching for individuals and small groups in SW London.
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