Yoga for Runners!!
I have been getting a couple of asks about the kind of stretches for runners, so I have decided to do a yoga guide on this <: this is a great way to cool down and stretch out your leg muscles and hips after a good run!
1. Passive Standing Forward Bend
Holding on to opposite elbows and with your feet shoulder distance apart, slowly drape your torso over your legs. Slowly sway from side to side, opening up your hamstrings and calves. As you exhale, slowly deepen your stretch.
2. Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend
Widening your stance, deepen your stretch by using your peace fingers to grab on to your big toes. As you exhale, pull your torso towards your legs, feeling a nice stretch at the back of your legs.
3 & 4. Low Lunge & Lizard Pose
These are poses that help you stretch your hip flexors. For lizard pose, use a yoga block if it gets a little too intense for you. You do not have to get down on to your forearms. You can be on your palms if that feels good for you.
5 & 6. Pigeon Pose & Mermaid Pose
Both are passive hip openers, so feel free to stay in your pigeon pose for as long as it feels good. You can also go into resting pigeon pose, with your torso draped over your front leg, resting on your forehead.
If your hips feel open and good, come into a mermaid pose to stretch your sides and deepen the stretching of your hips.
7, 8, and 9. Downward Dog & Three Legged Dog Variations
Downward dog is a great pose to stretch out your calves. As you come into your downward dog, try to melt your chest towards the ground, and make sure your arm pits are pointing towards the ground and not flayed outwards. Reach your back heel towards the ground, and you’ll feel a nice stretch on your calves.
To deepen your stretch, come into the three legged dog. Feel free to open your hips in your three legged dog. This not only stretches your calves but also opens up your hips.
10. Seated Forward Fold
End off with a seated forward fold. Try not to round your back too much by shifting your gaze to your shins or toes rather than your knees. As you inhale, straighten your back. As you exhale, melt your torso towards your legs.
Feel free to come into a child’s pose or savasana to end off your stretches if that feels good <:
This is a great cooldown routine after a good run! <: Have fun! Namaste <3
// my first elephant pose. this pose definitely works my core. i’m actually pretty sore now :>
It’s another selflovesunday and today I am so happy that I am learning more about my body and what makes it healthy and what doesn’t. I love my increase in flexibility, and that for the first time in my life I don’t care if people see my stretched mark round belly, or my massive thighs because I am beautiful inside and out! <3
here’s the 2nd instalment of #joytotheyogis, xmas edition! <: are you guys excited? because i am!
here is the list of 31 poses that we are rocking this xmas:
- Revolved wide legged standing forward fold
- Rabbit pose
- Warrior 3 with eagle arms
- Standing splits
- Fallen angel
- Hindi squat
- Seated side stretch
- Handstand prep
- Wheel pose / forearm wheel
- Hero / reclining hero pose
- Funky dolphin pose*
- Thread the needle pose*
- Bow pose variation*
- Centre split*
- Trikonasana variation*
- Standing hand to big toe pose
- Upward plank
- Standing half bound lotus forward bend
- Lizard pose variation*
- Headstand prep
- Noose pose
- Shoulder stand with lotus
- Warrior I with backbend
- King dancer’s pose
- Tree pose
- Standing forehead to knee pose
- Exalted warrior
- Standing back bend*
- Side plank variation*
- Crow pose
For poses with an asterisk (*), I will be introducing funky variations to the pose. So look out for my post of the day, or feel free to add in your own fun variations as well! <:
To check out my #joytotheyogis post of the day, click here <:
I will be having lots of variations for beginners as well. So don’t feel discouraged, and just keep trying!
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Post your yoga pose of the day on tumblr and tag it with “#joytotheyogis”! You can also tag me “#sassyyogi" and I will definitely look through every single post and like/comment/reblog them! <:
2. I will also be hosting the challenge on instagram as well. Add me on instagram (@sassyyogi) and my personal instagram (@angelineeeez), and similarly, tag your instagram photos with “#joytotheyogis”!
3. You are encouraged to write a little daily log for your yoga practice with your yoga posts every day. Writing is a great way to document your yoga journey. It can be your mood that day, your first arm balance, or just any kinds of self-reflection! It doesn’t have to be an essay, a few words or sentences will suffice. That way, at the end of the month, you’ll be able to look at how far you’ve come!
4. Every week, I will also feature a couple of yogis taking part in the yoga challenge! <: So take part in the challenge, get creative and wacky in your photos, and you might be featured on my blog!
5. Remember, have fun, smile, be joyful! Don’t worry about being inflexible, for being not strong enough. We all start somewhere, and we are all on a journey together!
6. Feel free to join in any time you want! You can play catch up, or just start on whichever day we are at! No stress there!
Feel free to ask me any questions if you have, and enjoy this month’s challenge! <3 It’s the last month of 2013, so let’s make it count! Namaste. <3
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Yoga for the splits !
A non-exhaustive list of poses for hips and hamstrings.
Gentle Yoga for Hip Flexibility (12 minutes)
This all-levels routine is just the thing to unwind your hip flexors, hamstrings, and glutes. This Friday’s arm balance “Perching Pigeon” requires open hips and a can-do attitude. The attitude? Well just like they say: Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re right. You got it, but for now how about a little hip opening and emotional/physical tension releasing? :)