Yoga For Athletes – The Runners Lunge
Hello again Vitalyte friends! So last week, I gave you some reasons why we should all partake in a little yoga in our lives, especially you athletes out there. Let’s dive in and discuss the first of a few great poses you should be doing in yoga right now to help make yourself ready to workout.
Introducing…. The Runner’s Lunge
Alright so with this pose begin in a standing position in which your feet are spaced hip’s width apart. Move you right foot forward into a lunge, with your right knee bent and your left heel raised. Square your hips to the front of the room, drop your back knee to the ground and toe-heel your front foot to the side so that your right toes face at a 45 degree angle toward the front of the room. Either stay on your hands or drop your body by sinking into your hips so that your forearms rest on the ground at a 90 degree angle. Depending on how flexible you are, you can go farther. The point is to stretch your body as far as is comfortable towards the ground.
After holding for a good 20 seconds, return to downward dog. Then kick your left leg back and bring it through into a left leg lunge. Repeat the above steps and you have now learned the runners lunge!
No, why do I love this pose so much? This pose increases the strength of your hamstrings, quads and legs, it stretches your hips and glutes, provides instant energy and relaxation and relieves tension, anxiety and depression by calming the mind and bringing body awareness. This pose is so great for improving the strength of your legs and their muscles. Runners love this pose because it helps to increase running speed and endurance.
Have I sold you yet? Seriously though, try this pose out. you will find that it will help you achieve so much more during your runs and just make you feel better overall.
More poses to come so stick around…