Is Yoga a dirty word for runners? I have to say sometimes yes. Mobility work and rolling have been a good standby for not diving into yoga – however there are some very important attributes of yoga that can positively impact performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Yoga enhances fitness and improves athletic performance, increases mental focus and awareness.
Here are five reasons why sport specific yoga for runners could be just what you need to up your game and steer clear of injury.
Balance and Posture. It is the perfect complement to add to high intensity exercise, which drains energy and over uses muscles. Specific yoga for runner’s balances overused muscles and encourages proper posture, limiting the risk of injury due to inefficient movements and tight muscles.
Circulation and Respiration. Increased range of motion comes as you incorporate dynamic movements and rotations of joints. Do dynamic yoga before and after running to maintain the proper stride and run more efficiently. Combine movement with concentration on the breath provides an increase of respiratory function and oxygenates tissues.
Power and Form. Use yoga to create more power in your gait by increasing stability in your core, strength and power in your legs.
Meditation. A constant awareness of your breath and body in yoga can translate into a state of mindful mediation on the road or trail.
How is your posture while you are running? What muscles can you relax to be more efficient? How is your stride? What does your body feel like? Are you breathing effectively? Are you present and can you assess what you need to do to push your boundaries or when is it detrimental to your running career to keep going.
If you want to achieve peak performance or just make sure you have a long career in running – yoga may be just what you need!
Christina McGrath. Christina hails from Breckenridge, Colorado and is best described as a yogi-athlete-wellness advocate with a healthy addiction to all things outdoors. As a goal driven person she has experienced professional and personal success across a range of different sports from snowboarding, rock-climbing and mountain biking to rowing, SUP and more. Yoga is the core platform that underlies not just her physical body but her personal outlook on life; she is a model of healthy living and her key professional ambition is to share her holistic approach to fitness through her coaching business; Swell Fit Living. In her Yoga for Runners, Bikers and Snow sports videos she creates a strong flowing asana sequence with a variety of poses to balance the overuse of certain muscle groups in order to decrease recovery time and improve strength. Recently Christina has aligned her business focus specifically towards bringing yoga to athletes of all levels; amateur and high performance. You can find her in New Zealand, Colorado to Bali riding her bike, surfing or snowboarding promoting peak performance through yoga and nutrition retreats, workshops and videos. Website, Facebook, Instagram.