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How yoga benefits runners?

Yoga and running may seem like two very different activities, but they actually complement each other quite well. Running can be tough on the body, causing tight muscles and there is always the potential for  injury. Yoga is an excellent addition in a mired of ways: there is the classic "improving mobility", and yes yoga helps your mobility, flexibility and can loosen tight muscles after a hard run. However, it also can vastly improve overall balance and body awareness. When runners have a good sense of body awareness, they are more likely to notice when they are running with poor form or technique, or when they are experiencing pain or discomfort. This allows them to make adjustments to their form or to take a break before an injury occurs.

Body awareness can also help runners to avoid overuse injuries. When runners are aware of how their body is feeling, they are more likely to notice when they are putting too much stress on a particular muscle group or joint. This can help them to modify their training plan or seek out additional support, such as physical therapy or yoga, to address any imbalances or weaknesses.

In addition, body awareness can help runners to stay focused and present during their runs. By tuning in to their breath, their stride, and the sensations in their body, runners can maintain a meditative state that can be calming and rejuvenating. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall mental wellbeing.

Made By Movement Studio's mission is to compliment your passion and training. We provide essential foundational strength and mobility through enjoyable and well guided classes. Often we find ourselves just recurring injuries, tightness or weakness that stops us from doing what we love or progressing. These classes not only change that but explain WHY it's happening.

 Why not start your yoga practice at home today?

 

Benefits of Yoga for Runners 

       
  • Strengthens the body 
  • Enhanced and targeted mobility and range of movement
  • Improved core & spinal strength for better posture and running efficiency
  • Improved breath control  
  • Improve lower back pain that comes with running due to impact and repetitive positions   
  • Improved concentration - more focus, less stress
  • Yoga is good for your brain. A 2019 review found that those who practiced yoga had more gray matter volume in their brains. Translation? More gray matter means better overall brain function.
  • Aid in recovery by releasing soreness, tight spots and tension in the muscles
  • Injury prevention

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