Yoga Poses for Runners

As temperatures begin to rise heading into Summer, local running paths and trails begin to fill up with runners of all ages. Whether you are a recreational runner or training for a race, running is one of the best cardio exercises for the body and a healthy way to stay active.

However, over time distance running can lead to strain or tightness in a few specific areas of the body. A consistent yoga practice can benefit any runner or athlete. This is why I’ve put together the following yoga sequence below. Good Karma’s Yoga for Runner’s Sequence is meant to help runners maintain flexibility and range of motion in areas of the body that are key for going the distance.

Please note: these poses are meant to be held for a longer period of time than in a typical fast-paced yoga flow class.

Good Karma’s Yoga for Runner’s Sequence:

  • Standing Forward Fold (hold for 4-6 breaths)

  • Wide-Legged forward

  • Downward Dog

  • Triangle Pose (on both the right and left side of the body)

  • Wide-legged Child’s Pose

  • Cat-Cow

  • Downward Dog

  • Low Lunge (on both the right and left side of the body)

  • Pigeon (on both the right and left side of the body)

  • King Pigeon (on both the right and left side of the body)

  • Lizard Pose (on both the right and left side of the body)

  • Downward Dog

  • Seated Forward Fold

  • Bridge Pose

  • Legs up the Wall

  • Savasana

For a beginner, there are more specialized cues available to go along with this sequence so please reach out to lauren@goodkarmaintegrativeyoga.com with any questions. I will be incorporating this sequence into my local yoga classes the next few weeks so feel free to drop into a class! You can learn more about Good Karma’s Yoga for Athletes program here.