In recent years, running has brought together a growing number of enthusiasts of all ages across the globe. There are countless benefits associated with the practice of this affordable, accessible and, moreover, pleasant sport.
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A similar craze is in favor of yoga, this oriental art suitable for all Western sauces. Good news: these two activities are complementary! While the marathon season is in full swing, completing your usual running session with a few yoga poses would be beneficial to avoid injuries to the most stressed muscles, in addition to significantly improving performance.
Being both a runner and a hard-working yogi, I propose six exercises that can be incorporated into any yoga routine and are ideal to perform after a cardio session.
Baddha Konasana or butterfly posture
Wrap around the big toe with your thumb and forefinger and lean forward as far as you can while keeping your back straight. Good stretching for the groin, knees and inner thighs. To add a little movement to the pose, beat your legs slightly, like a butterfly!
Virabhadrasana or Warrior Position # 1 (Variation)
A posture that knows how to give tone to your legs. Enjoy the feeling of power and grandeur that exercise provides by looking up at the sky.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or Pigeon King Leg Position
I present here one of the many variations of the posture. I find it particularly interesting because it also works balance, while stretching the thighs, groin, abdomen, chest and shoulders. If you feel more tired, you can bring the upper body to the ground. Small tip: to know if you have the correct alignment, make sure the toes of the foot of your folded leg touch all the ground.
The name of the posture is perfect for running! Another illustration of an effective leg stretch … and that is so good. The back foot can rest completely on the ground, as it can be arched (see above) to promote optimal blood circulation.
Paschimottanasana or posture of the forceps
Ideal for the spine, the shoulders and, obviously the hock, a tendon which one must take a lot of care.
Towards the end of the session, this restorative posture provides a lot of well-being and is suitable for any time of day, be it after an intense effort or before going to bed. It relieves sore legs, feet and back by gently stretching your legs against the wall.