Yoga After Running Helps Prevent Injuries

There are a great many runners out there who eventually succumb to running related injuries, but incorporating yoga after running can help prevent that. While running is a great sport, it does involve the risk of either chronic repetitive injury or an acute injury due to incomplete recovery. Yoga after running is especially helpful in allowing the body to recover and repair itself more quickly and completely. Erica Bornstein describes a quick and easy method for including yoga after running into your regular running routine.

Yoga After Running Helps Prevent Injuries

Here in Boston, the weather is perking up and the sidewalks are alive with runners. I will admit myself that I am a “fair weather fan” of running. Something about running the Charles River in the springtime is a bit nicer than dodging ice and puddles in the winter.

That being said, running can lead to soreness and injuries, especially if your body isn’t used to hitting the pavement. But practicing yoga after your workouts can remedy that. By increasing blood and oxygen flow to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, yoga boosts flexibility, reduces soreness, and speeds recovery.

Yoga After Running

Yoga after running can help prevent stress injuries and speed recovery. Author YanLev c/o Photos.Com

Right after your run, try this quick sequence.

1. Ragdoll, standing forward fold (Uttanasana)

2. Pyramid (Parsvottanasana)

3. Seated forward fold (Paschimottanasana)

4. Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)
Hopefully these easy poses can help you after a long run. Enjoy!

Read her detailed description here.

Here is a quick and easy sequence that can go a long way toward fending off injuries that will definitely throw off your running routine if they happen, and the older you are or the longer you’ve been running, the more likely they are to happen. Why not give yourself the benefit of yoga after running? It’s that ounce of prevention that just might eliminate the need for a pound of cure.

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