Yoga Routine For Runners

The last few months of weekly yoga has helped my legs feel fresh even with an increase in mileage. I picked up the following routine from Yoga Pointe, Inc. and have been doing it after every run. It really is helping with recovery time and preventing my legs from feeling stiff.

Taking care of your body after you run is so important. This Yoga routine for runners plus lots of foam rolling has helped me stay healthy during this most recent training cycle.

Hero’s Pose

Hero's Pose

Remain here for five deep breaths. Tuck your toes under and continue with the upper body stretches.

Downward-Facing Dog

Downward-Facing Dog

Child’s Pose

Child's Pose

Come onto hand’s and knees with knees below your hips and hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Go into Downward-Facing dog hold for five breaths and then come to child’s pose for three breaths. Repeat three times.

Low Lunge

Low Lunge

From Downward-Facing Dog, step into a low lunge. Hold for five breaths and continue to the next pose on the same side.

Warrior II

Warrior Two

Hold for five breaths.

Pyramid Pose

Pyramid Pose

This one is a modification in which you fold halfway down with your torso parallel to the ground and your arms behind your back. Hold for five breaths. Go back to Downward-Facing Dog and repeat on the opposite side.

Seated Twist

Seated Twist

Hold for five breaths and then repeat on the opposite side.

Cobblers Pose

Cobblers Pose

Hold for five breaths.

Legs Up The Wall

Legs Up The Wall Pose

Hold for 15-20 breaths.

Are there any poses or stretches that you find beneficial?

All pictures from Yoga Journal.

I have no yoga certification and this routine is an example of one that I do. Please check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

7 thoughts on “Yoga Routine For Runners

  1. Thanks very much for sharing this! I just started a beginner’s running program this year and hadn’t thought about stretching at all until recently (and had been feeling pretty clueless…). I’m excited to give this routine a try after my training runs! :)

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