Article by Rachel Grunwell: Award-winning writer. Magazine wellness columnist for Good magazine, & Indulge magazine (the latter goes on the Herald on-line weekly). Yoga + meditation teacher & PT. Co-leader of the Mindful Moments retreats at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa.
You need to be able to “move well” before you “run well”.
I teach yoga, and I also love to be on-the-run. I’ve done 19 marathons and so you could call me run-addicted. But I’m no elite, just a real-girl-kinda-runner. Actually, I’m more of a writer who loves to run…. it’s good for de-cluttering my mind.
Here are some yoga stretches to try that I dig…
The one at the top here is butterfly yoga pose. It stretches your inner legs. Remember to sit with great posture in this pose. It can be easy to let your shoulders collapse.
This is a lunge with a twist. Make sure your knee is in line with your toes and your bent knee does not go forwards and over your toes. Good alignment is key here and really important.
Go veeeeery gently into this stretch under the feet. And I mean, extremely gently… It’s a goodie!
Love this pose to target the hamstrings and it gives so much stretching-love to your side-body.