Yin Yoga for Runners - Hips and Hamstrings
In this 35-minute video, yoga instructor Kassandra Reinhardt guides us through a series of Yin yoga for runners. While most of us may associate running with our quads and calves, the running gait is actually propelled mostly by hip extension - a process generated from our hip extensor muscles, glutes and hamstrings. The deep poses in this sequence are therefore great for runners, or anyone looking to open the hips and stretch the hamstrings.
Yin yoga is a perfect way to complement running as well. The term derives from Taoist tradition. While yang refers to repetitive movement to create heat in the body, yin is more about being still and cooling the body. In practice, this means that Yin yoga would have us hold our poses for anywhere between 2-20 minutes, as opposed to the 5 breaths in an Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence. The longer poses allow us to access the deeper connective tissue (ligaments and fascia) in our bodies. In this sense, Yin yoga balances out the yang motion of heat-building, cardio-intensive running.
About Kassandra Reinhardt
Kassandra is an Ottawa-based yoga instructor who offers online yoga classes, tutorials, and courses for viewers to practice in the comfort of their own homes. We love her videos because they are always informative, engaging, and calming. Kassandra hopes to help yogis create a space where they can learn and practice at their own pace - after all, yoga, no matter what level, is a way for us to connect with ourselves.
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- Want to find out more about what other yoga poses are good for runners? Read on in our article: 12 Amazing Yoga Poses to Improve Your Stride
- Or check out another one of Kassandra's classes: 30-min Hatha Beginner Yoga
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