Welcome to the first installment of Live, Run, Grow’s Yoga for Runner’s!
As I wrote yesterday I am a big believer in the benefits of yoga for runner’s (and all athletes!). By incorporating just a few yoga poses into your regular routine you can actually stretch and strengthen the major running muscle groups which will help to prevent injury!
I’m excited to begin putting my yoga teacher training (which I’ll be done with in late December) to use by sharing some of my favorite yoga poses with you, I hope they’ll help you as much as they’ve helped me!
I plan on posting 1-2 poses a week for the next few weeks and then at the end I’ll post a short 5-10 minute sequence of the poses that can be done at any time to keep those overworked leg muscles nice and loose! Along the way if you have any questions or would like to learn about a specific pose, or a pose to target a specific muscle just ask and I’ll do my best to get you something!
To start us off, please welcome Parsvottanasana, otherwise known as Triangle Forward Bend or Intense Side Stretch (for those TOTALLY new to yoga the long funny names are the traditional yogic sanskrit names, don’t worry about those, I’m still working on learning them myself!).
Begin standing with your feet together, hands on hips. Take a comfortable step back with one foot (2-3 feet), front foot facing forward and the back foot at a slight angle (if your back heels is coming off the ground your feet are too far apart!).
Begin to fold forward hinging at the hips while lengthening the spine and extending out through the crown of the head. Hips should stay even and facing forward.
Continue to fold forward until your hands rest on your shin, ankle or the ground.
Hold the pose for 3-5 long deep breaths softening into the pose and deepening the stretch on the exhale. Switch sides,
rinse and repeat!
I’d love to hear what you think of Triangle Forward Bend and how I presented this first pose (lots of pictures – good? too many?) so feel free to leave a comment and let me know!