yoga for runners

Are you sitting on your junk?

Are you sitting on your junk?

You know how, in yoga class, we are always talking about neutral pelvis? And about how none of us manage that when we are sitting for long periods of time?

Well, think about it. If you DID sit in neutral pelvis all the time, you'd be sitting on your junk all the time...

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Top row:

  1. Ways to vary your squats - instructions here.
  2. Yoga cat is watching you.
  3. Safer forward bends (hip flexion) vs not-so-safe ones (lumbar flexion). Full post here.

Bottom row:

  1. Mobilise your upper back.
  2. Feet - what do yours do in Down Dog?
  3. More feet: walk with your feet pointing forward to save your knees.

4 reasons every athlete should do yoga + remember this free yoga for runners download?

Rich Roll is a two-time top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships. In 2010, he became the the first person (along with colleague Jason Lester) to complete EPIC5 – 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in under a week. He knows a bit about being an athlete, apparently. He recently wrote an article about why every athlete should do yoga.

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 A few highlights:

  1. Strength
  2. Balance
  3. Flexibility
  4. Mental Control

You should pop over and read what he has to say about mental control. It's pretty interesting stuff. Also, true.

And if you are an athlete of the running variety, here's a yoga practice for you, to add power to your flexibility routine.

Also, remember, good squatting form gets your glutes firing and will get you running faster.

Free download: Yoga for Runners

This free, downloadable yoga practice for runners is targeted at all those spots that tend to get tight when you run: glutes, hamstrings, quads, and iliotibial band. Regular stretching (preferably post rather than pre-run) can improve your run times and significantly reduce knee pain, shin splints, and the risk of other injury. Click this link or the image to download your copy. Use and enjoy – I’d love to hear your feedback & questions.

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This is a snazzy free  yoga resource for runners. April is Freeeester Month, so stay tuned for loads of free downloads, giveaways and community classes.

Speaking of free stuff & community classes, you can find me teaching free classes at the lululemon on Chapel St every Thursday in April from 6.30 – 7.30pm. On the final Thursday of the month, I will be giving everyone in the class two yogAttitude cards to keep. I will also be giving away one full set of cards and one DVD!

Safety note: it’s always best to learn yoga from a qualified teacher before you start practicing at home, and never over-stretch!

x

Nadine