5. Pigeon Pose
Come to all fours, then swing your right leg forward, between your hands. Rest the right knee onto the floor, and pull your right foot forward as far as is comfortable. Slide your left leg back, straightening it, until your groin is as close to the floor as you can manage. Rest your right hand on your right knee and your left hand on your left foot. Check to make sure that your back leg is straight, and relax into the pose. Hold this posture for 10 deep breaths, then come out of the pose by flexing your left heel and swinging it around to the front. Repeat on the other side.
Lie on your back with your arms by your sides. Take a deep breath, and on your next exhale lift your legs and lower back off of the floor, so that you’re balancing on your shoulder blades and upper back. You can use your hands to support your back in this posture as you keep your legs straight and breathe, feeling the tension drain from your feet, ankles, and legs. To come out of this posture, gently roll your spine down one vertebra at a time, then slowly lower your legs.
No yoga practice would be complete without a meditation at the end, so stay in this reclined position for a few minutes and clear your head. Focus on how your run and your stretching made your body feel and relax. Breathe deeply and let your body process all of the benefit from your practice.
Do you have any stretches or yoga poses that have benefited your running routine? Let’s share more ideas in the comments!
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