Yoga for Runners: Lesson Plan
As someone that has used (and enjoyed) running as their main area of cardiovascular exercise for several years, I am aware of the benefits and disadvantages it can bring. I definitely found this out the hard way when embarking on my YTT200! My hamstrings are super tight, as are my hips. I still struggle to get my heels down in Adho Mukha Svanasana but am working towards better flexibility!
I’ve created a simple lesson plan aimed at runners, or those looking to stretch hamstrings and open hips. This can be combined with running to help improve posture, flexibility and to prevent injury.
LP AIM = to work on hip and hamstring flexibility/opening
- ADMIN Injuries?
ANULOM VILOM INHALE 4 EXHALE 8 X 5
- WARM UP
Sit – cross legged – twist torso to each side 1- arms at 90’, 2 – overhead 3 – reaching round back 4 – interlace fingers
Stand – open hips circles, quadriceps stretch to torso, circle hips each way
SURYA NAMASKARA 1 – 12 STEP X 6
Hold in each posture for first round, hold 5 breaths in AMS and stretch through heels and hamstrings
Samasthiti E palms together at the heart centre
Ardha Chakrasana I, raise both arms up, bend backwards
Uttansana E lengthen the spine, fold forward
Ashwa Sanchalansana I, step the right leg back into a lunge position, hips 2
Santolasana Holding the breath, step the left leg back into a plank position.
Ashtanga Namaskar E lower the knees, chest and chin to the ground.
Bhujangasana I slide the upper body forward and up,
Adho Mukha Swanasana E, lift chest and hips off the floor, bend at the hip and point sit bones to the ceiling. Legs are separated hip-width apart.
Adjustment here – direct class to bend each knee, pushing heel down. Hold for 5 breaths.
Ashwa Sanchalansana I, step the right leg forward
Uttansana E, step the left leg forward to meet with the right, fold
Ardha Chakrasana I, lengthen the spine, raise both arms up
WARM UP –
STANDING HIP OPENER KNEE RAISES AND CIRCLES X 10
LEGS WIDE FEET FACE FORWARD, FOLD FORWARD PALMS ON FLOOR, LENGTHEN BACK AND STRETCH THROUGH HAMSTRINGS
VIRHABDHADRASANA 2 – WARRIOR 2
TRIKONASANA – TRIANGLE
Use a block if very tight hamstrings in Trikonasana
WARM UP – x 10 both
KNEES TOGETHER LOWER EACH SIDE TOUCH FLOOR (INTERNAL ROTATE)
CRADLE KNEE, FOOT TO TORSO ROCK SIDE TO SIDE (EXTERNAL ROTATE)
BADDHA KONASANA – BOUND ANGLE POSE
(use blocks under each knee or sit on block if tight)
PASCHIMOTTANASANA – SITTING FORWARD BEND
(use yoga strap around feet to stretch tight hamstrings)
WARM UP – CAT AND COW STRETCHING, DOWNWARD DOG
EKA PADA RAJKAPATONASANA – SINGLE LEG PIDGEON POSE
(block under hip in this pose to support)
BALASANA – CHILD’S POSE (COUNTER)
WARM UP – SIT CROSS LEGGED ROUND AND CURVE BACK
SETHU BANDHASANA – BRIDGE
Heels close to buttocks. Lift chest, inhale. Externally rotate arms and interlace under back or grab ankles.
HAPPY BABY POSE