Eight yoga moves for time-pressed run­ners

Runner's World (UK) - - YOGA FOR RUNNERS -

IN AN IDEAL WORLD, run­ners would bal­ance their bod­ies and minds by prac­tis­ing re­ju­ve­nat­ing, re­bal­anc­ing yoga for at least an hour twice a week, says phys­io­ther­a­pist and yoga in­struc­tor Diana Zo­tos. For most of us, who are forced to live in the real world, that is al­most cer­tainly not pos­si­ble – let’s face it, it’s a ma­jor strug­gle some weeks even to fit in enough de­cent train­ing runs. How­ever, any asanas (that is, poses – if you’re go­ing to learn yoga, you may as well learn the lingo) you can squeeze into your sched­ule can im­prove your run­ning per­for­mance, re­duce your in­jury risk, re­lieve stress and in­crease mind­ful­ness. Prac­tise this postrun rou­tine (or as much of it as you have time for) from Ann Mazur to help re­lease ten­sion in your hips, quads, ham­strings and other ar­eas that are of­ten tight in run­ners. See these ex­er­cises in mo­tion at runnersworld.co.uk/eight­moves.

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