Running is a great workout and stress reliever. But, it can be very hard on your body. These yoga stretches for runners are perfect after a long or short run.
Yoga Stretches for Runners
Okay, this is more for strengthening, but I think it’s a key pose for runners. Tree Pose helps to strengthen your ankle and foot muscles and help runners avoid injury. Your foot doesn’t need to be up high on your leg to reap the benefits of the pose. Just make sure that you don’t put pressure on your knee with your heel.
Downward Dog Pose
This pose helps stretch out your hamstrings and calves. Try to bring your heels down towards the mat. You can have a slight bend in the knees if you need to.
Forward folds are another stretch that is great for your hamstrings and calves. It can be done standing or sitting.
Bound Angle Pose
Bound Angle Pose stretches your inner thighs, groin, and knees. Don’t force your knees down, but you can gently guide them.
Happy Baby Pose
Happy Baby Pose opens your hips and groin which can get very tight whole running.
Runners often hunch forward during long runs. Bridge Pose is a great counterbalance to this and will help you open your chest and stretch the front of your thighs.
Twists are great for relieving back pain and stiffness, a common side effect from a long run.
Eye of the Needle
This laying Figure Four Pose is my favorite pose for stretching the hips and lower back.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
Legs Up the Wall Pose helps to release the drainage of fluid built up in the legs. It can soothe swollen and cramped legs and feet, as well as release your lower back and stretch your hamstrings. It’s the perfect stretch for runners!
Another great compliment to running is Restorative Yoga. Try this 60 Minute Restorative Yoga Sequence to recharge yourself so that you are ready for that next long run!