I've been doing the C25k program (week 7 currently) and when I finish that will be doing the OHR program.
I did a hot yoga class today, and it was AWESOME!
I'm just wondering if there are any other runners out there who do yoga - does it help your running? If so, how? How often a week do you do it?
Thanks in advance!
I am a runner who practices yoga 2-3x/ week and I absolutely love it!!!! Its a great way to really release all the tension in the body and promote better circulation/oxygenation. I know there are times my before/after run stretching is not the greatest so I definately love that yoga gives me that. I also find that durring my runs I have a lot goong through my head and while I love the time to contemplate and work through things that are on my mind, I also love that yoga helps me to clear my head and slow sown my thought process for a little while.
I have noticed a change in my muscle tension and more relasex breathing during runs since incorporating yoga into my routine--my favorite day is wednesday because I will do a quick 6mi run after my yoga class and I feel so great..the rest of the week I do yoga on my off running days
and I also spin 1-2x/week-great cadio and leg workout while giving the joint a break from impact--just something to keep in mid if you are like me and bore with routine, I like change/ variety.
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I have a yoga program on my ipod that was put out by Nike that is designed for runners. To me it just seems like stretching more then yoga, but it is about 20 minutes long and I really enjoy it. It is designed to be done after a run and is a great way to end a good run. I don't do it as often as I should but the woman on it tells you some of the benefits of doing it regularly...do you think I can actually remember what she said? Nope. Anyways i really enjoy it...you should check it out if you are an ipod user. I want to say I found it on itunes.
IMHO, running and yoga go very well together. I started to practise yoga only a few weeks ago, before I was only doing the pre-and after stretching. But I started to have some problems with my lower back so I came to yoga. I really like it. I do about 20minutes after each run (only specific positions to stretch the 'running' muscles ans then I do a full hour or hour and a half of a full body on the days I don't run. I find it beneficial for my running in two ways: first, I get to stretch and relax the muscles, and second, I get to strenghten and stabilize my core which allows me to keep the proper position (while staying relaxed at the same time) while running and it makes my running much more efficient without pushing it.
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I do a yoga class 2x a week and would be happy if I did it even more than that. I've never tried a hot yoga class. I don't need it because in a strenuous class, I sweat like crazy anyway.
To those doing it on your own, remember that the breath is one of the most important facets of yoga. Breathe deeply, make noise. Connect the breath with the movement. Most people forget this aspect. Yoga is way more than stretching, and there are different poses that can affect your body in different ways.
I also recommend taking a class or two if you can. It helps to have someone correct your form and posture. Feedback is really critical.
I think it meshes very well with running. It has really helped tone my body without the use of weights or machines, and gives me overall good balance (no pun intended!) in my workout regimen.
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