Top 5 Yoga Stretches for Runners

The Top 5 Best Yoga Stretches for Runners

After running, you may find that your muscles feel tired and fatigued. Some stretching may help a little initially, but there are certain stretches (especially yoga poses) that will make you feel divine - if you do them correctly. Take a look below for the top 5 yoga poses for all runners and athletes alike.

1. Downward Dog

Benefits: arms and legs. YogaJournal.comsays downward dog, “stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands, [and] strengthens the arms and legs.” This pose can also “calm the brain, energize the body, and relieve stress.”

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2. Pyramid

Benefits: spine, shoulders, and wrists. This pose stretches the legs, especially the hamstrings. Active.comsays Pyramid pose “calms the brain, stretches the spine, strengthens the legs, and improves posture and digestion.”

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3. Pigeon

Benefits: hips. According to Harmony Yoga, Standing Pigeon “opens the hip joint, lengthens the hip flexor, stretches the thighs, gluteals, and piriformis muscles, and extends the groin and psoas.”

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4. Forward Fold

Benefits: hips, hamstrings, and calves. This pose can calm the mind, reduce stress, stretch the back and legs, and strengthen the hamstrings.

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5. Hand to Toe Hold

Benefits: feet, ankles, legs, hips, and core. YogaJournal.comsays Hand to Toe Hold “strengthens the legs and ankles, stretches the backs of the legs, and improves your sense of balance.”

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These poses are fantastic to assist with general body tightness and ease any restriction or rigidity that running (or vigorous exercise) may cause. Practice them pre-run, post-run, or even before bed, and you’ll feel amazing!

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