We are all aware that running is known for tightening the muscles in the legs. To combat that, try out these poses that will not only help you create flexibility in the back of your legs, but actually create space for the muscles to extend and strengthen. So, for all the runners out there with tight leg muscles, these yoga poses are especially for you!
Running puts a lot of strain on the hamstrings, and that’s why these yoga stretches for runners especially target them. For those with real tight hammies, please bend the knees as much as you need. Your pose may not look the same as mine, but that’s okay. Everyone’s body is different, so make the suitable adjustments till you find the right pose for you.
Downward Facing Dog
We’ll start with one of the most practiced yoga poses. Downward facing dog. This is what all dogs do as soon as they wake up from their nap. Take a page out of their book and begin by coming onto your hands and knees, spreading out your fingers and pressing your palms firmly into the mat. Try to push evenly with your hands and feet so that your hips can go up to the sky. It’s okay to keep the knees bent here to get more length throughout the spine. Instead of having your shoulders all the way up in your ears, try to push them away, so you give your neck more space to relax.
Now sweep one leg up behind you, and come into Downdog Split. Keep your hips nice and squared so that both hips are at the same height. To engage both of your legs, you can also flex your foot by pushing the heel away from you. Remember to keep pushing equally with both hands on the mat.
Now return the swept leg back to the mat and align the heel of that one with the big toe of the grounded foot. This pose is quite intense so don’t sweat it if you are not able to keep both legs straight. It’s okay! Keep on practicing and you will definitely see improvement in your capabilities.
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