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How Practicing Yoga Can Enhance Your Running

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Almost 20 years ago I started to run as a way to be physically fit, and quickly fell in love with it because it helped me connect more deeply to myself. Through the years I have had some of my best ideas while running, and love the freedom that comes with it!

Now, running encompasses just one of the ways I enjoy moving my body, and I’ve come to realize (through some setbacks and injuries), the importance of complimenting my running routine with other types of movement. Yoga is one such movement modality that can be great for runners for a multitude of reasons.

Benefits of Yoga

  1. It’s low impact, which provides a nice contrast to the high impact nature of running. Yoga can improve your joint mobility and soft tissue flexibility, and potentially help to counter physical imbalances from running.

  2. Yoga practice can help improve your breathing - many yoga styles include pranayama (targeted breath work). Pranayama can increase your breath capacity, as well as strengthen and mobilize your lungs, respiratory diaphragm and other accessory breathing muscles.

  3. Yoga can help you connect deeply to your own anatomy and increase your proprioception (knowing where your body is in space, which can help with balance, turns, and transitions in running), and interoception (your sense of internal sensations such as breathing and heart rate).

  4. Yoga can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body and mind relax and de-stress.

Poses for Mobility and Flexibility

In the video below I walk you through 5 minutes of breath work followed by a few quick yoga poses for joint mobility and soft tissue flexibility. Enjoy!



The information provided is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.