Hello Runners and Walkers!! Welcome to the Yogi's Corner! This column is dedicated to helping you stretch those muscles and tendons shortened by running, walking and similar exercises to allow greater ease of movement, freedom in your body, faster recovery time, and of course fewer injuries! As you know, running is a great way to burn calories, stay in shape and just have fun exercising. As you may also know, it is hard on muscles, tendons and joints. Adding a stretching and yoga routine of just a few minutes a day to your running regimen can counter negative effects of your beloved sport. We want you to have longevity in what feeds your soul!
Torrey Postal, E-RYT 200, attended her first yoga class at the age of 17. She found yoga fulfilled her need for the joy of movement without judgment or competition after leaving her background in classical ballet. Through this path, she discovered the many benefits of yoga beyond asana. She began teaching in 2003 and has been registered with the Yoga Alliance since 2004. Her favorite yoga saying is "yard by yard, yoga's hard — inch by inch, it's a cinch." You can find Torrey at Alive Fitness in Oro Valley.
The repetitive forward motion of running can lead to tight hip flexors (front of hips), hamstrings (back of thighs) and iliotibial band that runs along the outside of the hip, thigh and knee. This tightness has the potential to cause low back tension and pain as well as knee pain.
Try these five poses as both a pre and post-run stretch to open these commonly tight areas of the body.