13 Highly-Recommended Yoga Poses For Runners

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By now you’ve probably heard that yoga is a great form of low-impact exercise, but that doesn’t mean everyone at our yoga fitness center only does yoga.

We have athletes of all shapes and sizes who come here to experience the restorative, strengthening effects of yoga fitness. In fact, if your coaches or trainers have been telling you that you need to do more “cross training” yoga fitness is a great solution.

While runners tend to be very obsessed with running, we love showing them the benefits of yoga fitness for their chosen sport.

What Running Does To Your Body

Although running is arguably one of the only all-purposes exercises, it can take its toll on the body after time, resulting in:

  • Muscle Loss
  • Tight Muscles
  • Aching/Crackling Joints
  • Inflammation
  • Cardiac Events
  • Osteoarthritis

Granted, you’d have to run a lot, every single day, to experience some of these, but it’s important to take care of your body well before any of these conditions are a worry.

Yoga Fitness Poses That Help Runners With Recovery

Experimenting with yoga fitness on a regular basis is a great way to counteract the potentially-negative effects of running while also continuing to build strength and endurance.

  1. Downward Dog/Upward Dog
  2. Forward Fold
  3. Cow-Faced Fold
  4. Cobbler
  5. Reclining Pigeon
  6. Bridge
  7. Seated Spinal Twist
  8. Low Lunge (Lizard)
  9. Tree
  10. Triangle Twist
  11. Pyramid
  12. Hero
  13. Child’s Pose

Become A Better Runner With Yoga Fitness At WYC!

Whether you’re training to run an ultra marathon or are simply hoping to make it all the way to the end of your very first 5k, yoga fitness is a great way to support your body and mind while getting great, strengthening exercise.

Sign up for a yoga fitness class at Wilmington Yoga Center today!