Yoga for Runners – Yoga for Running

Yoga for Runners

RYC customized Radius Yoga for runners programs are available to runners at all levels from marathon runners and triathletes to collegiate and recreational.  In addition to onsite training, Radius Yoga for runners programs can be made accessible to all serious athletes–despite travel challenges–using numerous formats, including Skype/Facetime sessions, as well as customized videos, audio files and manuals accessed via the Private Client Portal. Refer to the Yoga for Sports Programs and Private Training pages for more information on specific program options.

Radius Yoga Conditioning (RYC) customized yoga for running programs are available to individual runners and runners’ groups.  In addition to onsite training, Radius Yoga for runners programs can be made accessible to all serious athletes–despite travel challenges–using numerous formats, including Skype/Facetime sessions, as well as customized videos, audio files and manuals accessed via the Private Client Portal. Refer to the Yoga for Sports Programs and Private Training pages for more information on specific program options.

To learn more about Dana’s sought-after approach to applying yoga-based techniques into sports training, read her article, “Yoga for Athletes: Why Activation and Inhibition Matter More Than Stretching.”

It takes strength and endurance to be a good runner. But flexibility couple with joint stability and mobility are also essential for maintaining a runner’s body. The high-impact nature of the sport is extremely physically taxing, especially for joints—the ankles, knees and hips in particular—and their corresponding musculature. And too often, dedicated runners ignore aches and pains in these areas, which, of course can lead to chronic pain and/or significant injury.

It’s common knowledge that one of the most important things a runner can do to stay healthy is “stretch.” But what does that really mean, and when should runners stretch? Before, after, only on off days? Ideally, runners should warm up and stretch the leg muscles and joints before a run (TRY THE YOGA FOR RUNNERS WARMUP SEQUENCE IN THE VIDEO BELOW) and then conclude each run with restorative and releasing stretches, especially for the legs and hips. But beyond simply lengthening major muscle groups, practicing yoga on off days will provide a more well-rounded fitness program that will produce performance-boosting and recovery-enhancing gains in functional strength, flexibility and joint mobility and stability.

Tailoring RYC yoga for runners to focus on the feet, ankles, calves, knees, quads, hamstrings, hips (flexors especially), glutes, and core can create a balance of strength/flexibility and stability/mobility through the muscles and joints to provide the necessary shock absorption and power generation for running strides. Focusing on proper pelvic alignment is also fundamental to helping runners prevent compensations and dysfunctional movement patterns that lead to chronic pain and injury. In addition to the direct physical benefits, yoga cultivates a powerful sense of body awareness. Runners who are more in tune with their bodies are less likely to ignore sensations that could indicate potential for injury.

More than merely offering preventative maintenance, RYC yoga for runners can increase endurance. That’s because slow, expansive nostril breathing is essential to yoga. Employing deep diaphragmatic nostril breathing (activating the diaphragm and integrating the blood-rich lower lobes of your lungs) while running can help runners take in more oxygen with less energy expenditure. Some runners associate deeper, richer breathing with the experience of reaching the “zone” or attaining the “runner’s high.” Through regular yoga conditioning, runners can train their breathing to improve their nasal breath efficiency, expand their lung capacity and ultimately increase their endurance.

RYC’s specialized breathing, visualization and meditative techniques, are offered as part of “Eye of the Hurricane Training™.”