Yoga Sequence for Runners

I am in the process of training for a half-marathon. I've run a few other long-distance races in the past, but this is the first time that I'm consistently practicing yoga on a daily basis. I can totally tell the difference. One of my passions with yoga is using it to help heal the body. Running takes a toll on the body, especially in our hips and hamstrings because of the nature of their job. These poses will help lengthen the hamstrings, an area tight for many of us, especially runners and open the hips, which can become tight because of the repetitive motion in running and walking. 

Yoga Sequence for the Hips & Hamstrings

Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose   Supta Padangusthasana

Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose 
Supta Padangusthasana

Low Lunge   Anjaneyasana

Low Lunge 

Half-Split   Ardha Hanumanasana

Ardha Hanumanasana

Triangle Pose   Utthita Trikonasana

Triangle Pose
Utthita Trikonasana

Wide-Legged Forward Fold   Prasarita Padottanasana

Wide-Legged Forward Fold
Prasarita Padottanasana

Figure Four Pose

Figure Four Pose

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose   Viparita Karani   

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
Viparita Karani

Reclining Bound Angle Pose  Supta Baddha Konasana

Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Supta Baddha Konasana

Hold these poses for a minimum of eight breaths working to get deeper into the pose on each exhale. 
Unsure how to do the pose? Click on the links under the picture for a detailed description. 

Many runners, or really people in general, stay away from yoga because they don't think that they're flexible enough (read all about that here), but remember, yoga is for everyone. I'll repeat that, yoga is for everyone. Yoga for runners is especially beneficial because we are lubricating the joints resulting in greater mobility. Yoga also helps strengthen the legs, which of course helps us run faster. Lastly, yoga teaches us how to breathe and release unnecessary tension, which is incredibly important for running because we want to conserve our energy. 

Run. Do yoga. Repeat.