Yoga and running: why it is useful to practice together

Running, perhaps the same popular kind of physical activity like yoga (if in this case we consider it not as a philosophy of life and as a way of healing the body). There are many arguments for and against running, but the fact remains – this kind of sports activities of millions of followers around the world. For them, a morning jog – a kind of ritual that helps to set the right tone for the day, charged with energy and keep your body in good shape.

The good news: yoga and Jogging are perfectly compatible! Here are the answers to the most common questions about these sessions.
Why do runners yoga?

Asanas are not just stretching exercises that will help in the short term to gain the coveted flexibility and postures which were practiced for thousands of years by our ancestors and has not lost its relevance in this vast period of time. And all because they have an incredible therapeutic effect. Well-chosen asanas will help to gently stretch the muscles, speed up recovery, prevent possible injuries, to evenly distribute the load on the legs – in other words, it is a necessity in the Arsenal of a person who ran.

But if there’s no time for yoga?

If you are actively running, to find time for additional training that may not be found. In this case, after each run, pay attention to at least one asana – the Dog muzzle down. Wait at least 12 cycles all (too much, but leave to rest in child’s Pose is allowed). Even this will be enough if you want the promised beneficial properties.

Practice yoga and run better on the same day or should I alternate them by days?

It is best to alternate the full practice of yoga and long runs, as one day it may be too much strain on the body. But light postures for stretching, it is desirable to do immediately after a run.

What are the asanas it is advisable to complete a run?

  • Uttanasana
  • Parsvottanasana
  • Anjaneyan
  • Natarajasana
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
  • Jana Sirsasana

What other benefits yoga offers runner in addition to stretch marks?

The first is, of course, breathing is a key moment in running, and yoga. By regularly practicing pranayama and yogic breathing, you will notice that breathing while running was much easier: no shortness of breath, chest pain, thoughts of “when is the finish line”. Endurance also affects the development of balance, so, having mastered Vrikshasana with my eyes closed, running will become more enjoyable and effective.

Second, the main anxiety of all runners bad knees, they are at risk due to improper coating, footwear and running technique. With the help of following asanas can significantly strengthen your knees and protect yourself from injury: Supta Padangusthasana I and II, Upavista of Konasana (Saint on the wall), Utkatasana, Vajrasana (sitting on bolster), Uttanasana, Utthita of Parsvakonasana.

Thirdly, yoga is the perfect tool for working with intention. If you are attracted to the esoteric side of the practice, if you’re a fan of spirituality, the chanting of mantras can set you in a long race, to prepare mentally, to clear the mind of worries and negative thoughts, even turn Jogging meditation! Before the run in Sukhasana sit down, close your eyes, calm your breath and sing at least three times “Om”. While Jogging, when forces are running out, sing it to myself – it can give strength.