9 Fantastic Yoga Stretches for Runners

Running is a great workout and stress reliever. But, it can be very hard on your body. These yoga stretches for runners are perfect after a long or short run.

Running is a great workout and stress reliever. But, it can be very hard on your body. These yoga stretches for runners are perfect after a long or short run.

Yoga Stretches for Runners

Tree Pose

tree pose

Okay, this is more for strengthening, but I think it’s a key pose for runners. Tree Pose helps to strengthen your ankle and foot muscles and help runners avoid injury. Your foot doesn’t need to be up high on your leg to reap the benefits of the pose. Just make sure that you don’t put pressure on your knee with your heel.

Downward Dog Pose

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

This pose helps stretch out your hamstrings and calves. Try to bring your heels down towards the mat. You can have a slight bend in the knees if you need to.

Forward Fold

standing forward fold uttanasana

Forward folds are another stretch that is great for your hamstrings and calves. It can be done standing or sitting.

Bound Angle Pose

Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Bound Angle Pose stretches your inner thighs, groin, and knees. Don’t force your knees down, but you can gently guide them.

Happy Baby Pose

Happy Baby: Lie on your back and bend both legs bring your feet above your shoulders. Hold onto to the outside of feet or onto your big toes. Gently pull your legs closer to the ground, so that your knees are coming towards your armpits.

Happy Baby Pose opens your hips and groin which can get very tight whole running.

Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose

Runners often hunch forward during long runs. Bridge Pose is a great counterbalance to this and will help you open your chest and stretch the front of your thighs.

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Twists are great for relieving back pain and stiffness, a common side effect from a long run.

Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle (Sucirandhrasana)

This laying Figure Four Pose is my favorite pose for stretching the hips and lower back.

Legs Up the Wall Pose

Supported legs up the wall

Legs Up the Wall Pose helps to release the drainage of fluid built up in the legs. It can soothe swollen and cramped legs and feet, as well as release your lower back and stretch your hamstrings. It’s the perfect stretch for runners!

Another great compliment to running is Restorative Yoga. Try this 60 Minute Restorative Yoga Sequence to recharge yourself so that you are ready for that next long run!

Namaste,

Abby