Friday, 15 July 2016

Yoga And Running Can Go Hand In Hand: 4 Yoga Poses for Runners

Runners may be considered as the fittest persons out there because they have maximum strength and flexibility. However, runners can gain a lot more from incorporating yoga into their routine. On a scientific basis, yoga can strengthen the runner’s upper body which in turn can make the person a better sprinter. These Vedic poses can increase the stability and balance, which will promote a healthy core and improve posture. Without further ado, here are some yoga poses for runners, which will definitely help in one way or the other.

Cow Face Fold Pose

  • This posture is also known as Gomukhasana.
  • Sit on the mat with legs drawn-out in front of you.
  • Now, fold your left leg and put it under the right buttocks
  • Next, fold your right leg, and position it on top of the left thighs. Knees of both of your legs should be one above the other.
  • Now, fold your left arm and place it behind your back.
  • Next, bend your right arm and position it over the right shoulders and place it on your back. Stretch it as far as you can.
  • Try to touch both your hands behind your back. At first, you can touch only your fingers, but when you get into the habit of doing the pose regularly, you will be able to hold all fingers of both hands.
  • Keep yourself erect and straight, your head should be pulled a little to the back.
  • Try to retain this position for as long as it is comfortable. All this while, breathe deeply.
  • This yoga pose for runners makes the back more flexible and removes stiffness from shoulders.

Rag Doll Pose

  • This posture is also called Uttanasana.
  • Firstly stand erect in tadasana or mountain pose.
  • Now, begin by taking deep breath inside and at the same time raise your arms and take them over your head.
  • While exhaling, start bending your hips.
  • Now, bring your arms forward and slowly then bring them down, along with the torso. They should touch the floor.
  • Next, put your hands behind your legs and join them together.
  • Try to remain in this position for 7-8 breaths.
  • Finally, bring your hands in the front and start pulling yourself upwards. Remember to keep your head hanging down until you are completely upright.
  • You can repeat the pose 4-5 times.
  • Uttanasana rejuvenates the spinal nerves and provides overall flexibility to the body.

Happy Child Pose

  • This pose is also called Ananda Balasana.
  • Lie down on your back and bend your knees.
  • Now clutch both of your thighs using both the hands. You can also hold the toes of your feet.
  • Rock yourself gently left to right as a cradle rocks.
  • Try to increase the stretch in your hips and lower back.
  • Lull your mind into a state of relaxation.
  • This yoga pose for runners helps in relieving any tension from the lower back area and helps open your chest, shoulders and hips.

If you have any medical condition, speak to your physician before attempting yoga. Likewise, consult a certified yoga expert before performing any of the poses. 

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