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Bakasana – Crow / Crane Pose

Bakasana – Crow / Crane Pose

Since running primarily works the lower body, yoga is a perfect time to work the upper body and find physical and mental balance. While chaturangas in your sun salutations and push-ups can cultivate the strength that running doesn’t provide, it’s so much more fun to do an arm balance. Bakasana, also known as kakasana, crow or crane pose, is a playful and challenging pose that works the wrists, hands, forearms and shoulders while also engaging the … Read entire article »

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Warrior II

Warrior II

Runners are warriors. We fight to reach goals: personal records, stress relief, mile markers, ideal weight, faster paces and so forth. So what better way to channel the warrior within than with yoga practice? Virabhadrasana II, also known as Warrior II, is a standing pose that embodies the mental and physical state of a warrior. The pose’s namesake, Virabhadra, is an incarnation of Shiva, the prevailing god of destruction. Virabhadra is a powerful warrior that serves … Read entire article »

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Bandhas

The following is based purely on my personal experience. I have not studied its application to running other than trying it on my own. As always, please proceed with caution and consult your doctor with any issues or concerns. Running is a physical sport but there is a spiritual and energetic aspect to it. Whether or not you believe in the spiritual or energetic aspect of Yoga, I find engaging the practice of “bandhas” can have a positive effect on my running. Bandha means bond or joining together. At its very basic, the purpose of a bandha is to control and utilize energy created by breath. It’s similar to the way transformers, fuses and switches control electricity; bandhas essentially create a closed circuit of energy. This is achieved by internal locking, gripping or … Read entire article »

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Yoga for Quads

The quadriceps is a group of four (“quad” meaning “four”) anterior muscles that originate at the top of the femur and attach at the tibia: in other words, the muscles on the front of your thigh. These strong muscles work mainly to extend your knee. Notice that bulging mass on the thighs when you lift a kneecap? You’ve found your quads! This muscle group also helps in flexing the hips, like when you bring your knee toward your chest. The quads are so strong because they stabilize the legs, unfolding the knee for each stride and helping launch the entire body forward during a run. Plus, they work doubly hard on hills, taking the brunt of the workout as they propel you up the incline and absorb impact on the decline. When the … Read entire article »

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Yoga for hamstrings

Hamstrings, or any muscles for that matter, are like rubber bands: Without the proper amount of stretching, the band will become inflexible and tear, which is the last thing a runner wants to hear! Luckily, a little Yoga can help maintain flexibility and strength for runners’ hamstrings. The hamstrings comprise three muscles, and their tendons, that run from the sitting bones to the back of the knee. This muscle group’s main job is to flex the knee (like when you bring your foot up to your glutes) and extend the hip (like when you reach your leg straight behind you). Naturally, runners are flexing and extending in this manner consistently and often, not just during runs but while walking, getting up, sitting down, skipping, etc. Incorporating the following sequence before and after … Read entire article »

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