Yoga for Runners
- 2012 September-October
Yoga can be the most transformational aspect to your running if you let it be. In particular, breath-centered Vinyasa yoga strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, and acts as cardio training as well as builds endurance and stamina. It trains the body to work more efficiently by enhancing oxygen flow throughout the system and bettering communication between the various organs, muscles, and inner tissues that hold it all together.
Increasing flexibility is critical for injury prevention and muscle function. These asanas lengthen the muscles and fascia that get tight and build strength in the complimentary muscles that often get ignored in a regular training system.
I started yoga precisely because of running. My legs were unevenly muscled, I couldn’t touch my toes, and my hips were always in pain. Now I can do more than touch my toes, and nothing ever hurts. And even better, I can throw on my running shoes easily glide through my run and feel fantastic the next day.
Lauren Imparato is the founder of I.AM.YOU. a yoga centric lifestyle brand & yoga studio in New York City. At the studio and around the globe, Lauren teaches intense, fun, and athletic Vinyasa classes, each set to a unique music mix designed by the resident Mixologist, as well as leads Nutritional Coaching & Detox Programs for individuals, athletic teams & businesses. For more on Lauren and I.AM.YOU, find her on Twitter, and Facebook.
The exercises and instructions presented in this article are designed for people who are in good health and physically fit. Do not undertake this or any other exercise without the consent of a doctor. Spirituality & Health and the creators of this sequence disclaim any liability for loss or injury in connection with the exercises shown or the instruction and advice expressed.