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10 Yoga Poses for Runners

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yoga forward bend

1. Standing Forward Bend

Start by standing up straight with your feet together and shoulders back. Imagine an invisible string going up your spine and into the sky, lengthening the spine. Inhale, and on your next exhale dive forward and either place your hands on the floor or grab hold of your opposite elbows. Soften your gaze, and breathe in this position until you feel the muscles along the backs of your legs release. If you feel ready to go more deeply into the posture, you can grab hold of your heels, like in the photo above.

To come out of the pose, roll up your spine, one vertebra at a time, until you are standing up straight with your chin sinking toward your chest. Inhale as you raise your head back to a neutral position.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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10:26AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

These all look very doable - even for a beginner. Thanks.

1:15PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

the funny thing is when I used to do sports I did several of these poses and I had no idea they were yoga until now....welp now i need to get back into shape, and it looks like these are coming back as well.

2:21PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thanks.

10:46PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

ty

1:56PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

Thanks.

2:28AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

J'adore le yoga ! Quelle belle découverte pour moi !!!

4:12AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

ty

8:20AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

noted

7:51AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

thank you

5:56AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks

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