10 Yoga Poses for Runners: Hips and Legs

by Abbie on May 26, 2010

I love yoga.  It’s great for the mind and especially the body.

Whether you practice yoga or prefer stretching to loosen your tight muscles, these 10 yoga poses are great individually or as a quick routine for your hips and legs, adapted from the barefoot running book and good even for barefoot runners!  For a routine, complete the poses in sequence, holding each pose for at least 3-5 breaths.

1.  Standing side stretch (left and right)

2.  Star into Triangle Pose

3.  Low lunge

4. Crescent lunge

5.  Prayer twist

6. Runner’s lunge

7. Downward-facing Dog

8. Pigeon pose

9. Head to Knee (or as close as you can)

10.  Downward-facing Dog

What’s your favorite pose?

All photos were taken by Eric Lang.

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Patty May 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Great poses, very helpful – thanks!!

Barefoot Runner May 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Hi Patty!

Thanks for your comment! We are glad you liked these poses. These are good for both regular shod running, but also for barefoot running. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter. We have a whole bunch of great features coming!

-Thomas at Barefoot-Running.us

Ed L May 30, 2011 at 1:49 am

Downward dog by all means. With variations. Thanks for the sequence. Very helpful.

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