I had a fantastic time visiting western Canada to present clinics on yoga for runners at Mountain Equipment Co-Op stores—and here’s my postview with practice notes. I met some wonderful athletes, ate a lot of Neapolitan pizza, and watched more episodes of House of Cards than I might like to admit. I’m extremely grateful to prAna for this opportunity really to serve as an ambassador, and I was honored to bring the message of how yoga can help runners and everyone to the sweet folks who came to my classes.
As a teacher, I find the postview a much better way to share than preparing a handout and trying to follow it, as it lets me teach to exactly who’s there, and we get through what seems most appropriate in the moment. Due to group needs, time, and space contingencies, not every clinic covered each of these.
In addition, with the 5:00 group in Edmonton, we enjoyed Parking Lot Mini (Runner’s World covered it here: http://www.runnersworld.com/stretching/body-shop-turn-your-heat) and Parking Lot Baby Mini (just tipping into and out of Warrior III, like a drinking bird; see p. 168 of The Runner’s Guide to Yoga).
Yoga to Do During Your Run
Yoga to Do After Your Run
We also did a squat (covered here: http://www.runnersworld.com/stretching/race-recovery and here: http://blogs.yogajournal.com/activeyogi/2011/10/twist-and-squat.html), either knees forward or knees wide.
Downward-facing dog at the wall releases shoulders, chest, hips, and hamstrings.
Yoga to Do Long After Your Run (aka Yoga in Bed)
One group also got to enjoy legs up the wall, which you can read about here: http://www.yogavibes.com/videos/watch/instructional-vignette-legs-up-the-wall-pose-viparita-karani
For my friends who asked about overstretching, especially in the hamstrings: http://sagerountree.com/2013/03/22/sage-advice-high-hamstring-strain/
Finally, for my friend in Edmonton who asked about shin splints, here’s my yoga-based answer: http://www.livestrong.com/article/555852-one-great-answer-what-can-i-do-to-fix-shin-splints/.
Remember, all, seek balance—it helps prevent injury and ensures your longevity.
Thanks for having me, Canada!
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