Someone once told me in the changing room at Triyoga that your body is like an accordian. Running compresses the body, while yoga works to stretch it out. Yoga helps balance the running.
Team ELLE run a lot and a few of us are feeling quite tight of hip and sore of glute so we called on Fat Buddha Yoga Founder Jessica Skye to share with us three simple post-run Yoga poses that will help stretch key muscles used during running.
Yoga pose 1: The Pyramid
Areas targeted: calf/hamstrings
Step your right foot in front of your left - take large stride and adjust to make sure both heels touch the ground.
Push both heels into the ground.
Slowly place your hands down onto the floor, either side of the right foot.
If you can't reach the ground, bend the front knee slightly.
Try to align your hips by pushing the right hip back and left hip forward. Keep pushing the heels into the ground.
Hold for 30 seconds before slowly returning to standing and repeating on the other side.
Yoga pose 2: Pigeon
Areas targeted: glutes/hips
Do it: Start with your palms flat on the floor in a cat pose.
Bend your right leg and place your knee behind your right wrist with your shin diagonal.
Step your left foot back so your leg is straight out behind you.
Lower your hips to the ground.
For a more intense stretch place your forearms on the floor and exhale your upper body down.
Hold for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.
Yoga pose 3: Head to Knee pose
Areas targeted: calf/hamstrings/hips
Do it: Sit up tall with your left leg out in front. Flex the foot pushing through the heel - you should feel a stretch in the achilles and calf.
Bend the opposite leg so the sole of your foot meets the inside of the thigh of the straight leg.
Inhale, reach your arms up over head and lengthen.
Exhale and fold forward. Keep pushing through the heel. Pulling your belly button to thigh.
Ensure the bent knee is stretching down towards the ground to open the hip.