Yoga for runners, part II

It has been almost a year since I last posted my favourite yoga poses. Since then I’ve attended more classes, tried more DVDs, and I still use my books and the Yoga Studio app.


However, some of my original favourite poses still feel the best to me.

I am a workout at home gal, but I simply love the soothing energy the instructor provides at class, from her cues to her voice.

The most beneficial cue to me is when she reminds us to breath into a stretch. After she says it and I focus on doing so, it’s a lot more comfortable.

Here are five poses that I love now.

  • Fire log pose
    My hips are a constant hassle, so I try to take care of them focussing on exercises to help them out. In turn, they need some work to stretch them. This pose opens my hips up so nicely. It also helps to stretch the groin.
  • Wide-legged forward bend
    I’ve been battling super tight hamstrings, my left in particular. This pose feels awesome on them, and if I shift slightly it reaches even deeper or focuses on one side.
  • Warrior two
    I like this pose for the sole reason that it makes me feel fierce and strong, which I suppose is why it’s called warrior and named after an incarnation of Shiva, a fierce warrior!
  • Runner’s lunge, toes down
    from the athlete's pocket guide to yoga by sage rountree

    from the athlete’s pocket guide to yoga by sage rountree

    The first time I did this, the stretch was too intense in my tibialis anterior muscles (beside the shin). I worked into it, and now it’s not painful but man is it good!

  • Thread the needle
    This feels so good on my shoulders during a lunch hour class when I’ve been working at a desk all morning.

I am still very much a beginner at yoga but hope to continue practicing and learn more poses.

What’s your favourite pose? 

How often do you practice?

Thanks for reading! I scheduled a few posts to go up while I’m cruising the California coast with my family. I don’t expect to be online much, so I won’t be commenting on blogs or writing trip updates on here. However, I hope to post to my Instagram feed (thechangeofpace) when the mood strikes!

20 responses to “Yoga for runners, part II

  1. This post is so well timed b/c I am recommitting myself to yoga this week! I have been off the bandwagon for a year now and I miss it. I will be making myself go on Friday. I do love the warrior poses, as well as down dog–they just feel great.

  2. My favorite pose is child’s pose! I’m a lazy yogi! 🙂

  3. Where did you get that yoga book? that is a great idea. I need to get back into yoga.

  4. I really want to incorporate some basic yoga moves into my routine. My hips are begging me, but I’d like to find a local studio to get me started. I’m afraid to start without some instruction. I’m not the most coordinated or graceful person, and I’m pretty sure I’d screw up even the most basic poses!

  5. I need to try that Fire Log pose – my hips are sore most of the time (partly age but…)!!!

  6. I go to yoga at least once a week. My gym offers a wonderful class from a “real” instructor. By that I mean a legit RYT that trained specifically for yoga. HA. Yes, there is a difference!! After a good run yoga is SO amazing.

  7. Great post!! I just started another 30-hour yoga challenge and will keep these in mind for my home sessions. I love fire log pose. Pigeon is another pose I love. Nothing beats a yin class with an extended hold pigeon – my hips adore it!

  8. These are all great! I try to get to the studio at least twice a week and practice at home sometimes too. I haven’t been in a couple weeks due to vacation and I can definitely feel it. Looking forward to class tonight!

  9. Great post!! I love my time on the mat and try to get to hot yoga twice a week (although this week and next week are limited to only once each week due to crazy schedules). I do like the pigeon and figure 4 stretch to open up my hips and IT bands.

  10. Ah yes, yoga! Why don’t I practice more considering how much I love it? I’m setting up a “Yoga For Runners” class this spring Perhaps that will motivate me to get back to practicing on a regular basis. Good for you for doing your yoga routine at home!

  11. I’d work out at home if I had a climbing wall too. 😉
    Fave yoga pose – pigeon, half pigeon, reverse pigeon. Everything pigeon!!!

  12. I need more yoga! I have been doing a few pi-yo classes to get back into it! I need to try the fire log pose! I have to go to a class. I can’t motivate myself to get it done at home!! 😦

  13. My favourite pose starts in downward facing dog then you raise a leg in the air, bend at the knee and open your hips. Your gaze shifts from the floor to the elbow of the same leg you’ve raised. It opens up your side and feels so good! I also like pigeon pose too 🙂

    I practice 2-3 times a week, depending on schedule.

  14. Such great poses! My favorites: child’s pose (it just clears my mind!), savasana (obviously 🙂 ), legs up the wall, tree, side crow and modified pigeon (on your back). I returned to my yoga mat the past week after my stress fracture, and it was nothing short of amazing!

  15. I love thread the needle and downdog! Thanks for reminding me to stretch and do more Yoga 😉

  16. How is the Yoga Studio app ? Is it worth it ? I always failed to find a nice application to do yoga at home.

  17. I practice once a week but more often when I can! I also love thread the needle and frog pose is the BEST for my crazy tight hips with running.

  18. runnerbydefault

    Yoga was the first group class that I took and I loved it. Unfortunately, I haven’t found another one like it. Maybe I need to look harder. I hope you are enjoying your trip. I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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