3 Yoga Poses for Runners

Thanks so much to my friend Katie for sharing today!  I was lucky to meet up with Katie in Houston when she came down to visit- ironically, she moved down from NJ just as we moved up! She’s sharing three awesome poses for runners, which I plan to start incorporating.  Today.  🙂  Thanks, Katie!

Hi everyone, my name is Katie! I’m a yogi, runner, cyclist, strength trainer, healthy chef, and dog lover, who lives life to the fullest!  I am the owner of She Rocks Fitness, which specializes in personal training, boot camps, and on-line training. Whether you are a New Mom, a Bride to Be, the woman who wants to train for her first 5k, or loose those annoying 10 lbs, I will help you achieve these goals. She Rocks Fitness is about training hard, eating well, but still being able to enjoy life and have fun! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and I can be reached by e-mail at: sherocksfitness@gmail.com.


Yoga and running are my true passions. I try to practice yoga 2-3 times a week and run 3 times a week.  Yoga has 100% helped me with my running, but running doesn’t always help with my yoga. HA! Let’s just say that standing splits and compass pose won’t be happening in this lifetime.

I’m okay with this, because I’m just thankful for the other ways that yoga has helped my flexibility and strength, especially with my core, hamstrings and hips.

Here are my 3 favorite poses that I have found very beneficial to improve my running. Just like everything else in life, what may work for me, may not work for you, so try these out or take a yoga class to figure out what feels best for you.

I also like how there are different variations for each of these poses. They can be more restorative or challenging, it just depends on how YOUR body is feeling. Feel free to ask me any questions, I love hearing from you.


Forward Bends:

You can do forward bends either seated or standing and you will receive very similar benefits. These poses focus on the: brain, liver, kidneys, hamstrings, calves, hips, groins, knees, and spine. They strengthen and stretch the legs and spine; tone the core; and relive backache. I love both options, because they feel absolutely heavenly on my hamstrings. They also force me to relax and LET GO, which is so hard for many of us these days.

Extended Triangle Pose

I look forward to this pose in every class that I take. It feels so good on my hips and hamstrings. I feel a sense of comfort in this pose and could stay in it for several minutes. It allows me to open my heart, breathe deeper into the pose, and release any tensions that running or life may have caused that week. This pose focuses on the thighs, hips, hamstrings, ankles, groin, chest, shoulders, spine, and calves. It improves digestion, relieves stress and backache, and symptoms of menopause. You cannot go wrong with this pose!

Pigeon Pose

A challenging pose, but also one that is strong and beautiful! With many variations depending on your level, this pose focuses on the thighs, knees, core, hips, groin, chest, and shoulders. What I love about this pose is that it opens the heart and shoulders. It stretches the thighs, groins, psoas, core, chest, shoulders, and neck.

What is your favorite yoga pose? What pose makes you feel strong? What pose makes you feel pure bliss?


47 thoughts on “3 Yoga Poses for Runners

  1. That forward bend pose is looking really great to me right about now! My body seems to want something like that. Pigeon–can’t do it and never force it. These hips just don’t open!
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  2. I recently started practicing yoga a few months back and try to get there at least twice a week. I’ve seen a huge improvement in the strength I already had and have become more flexible than I ever thought I would be. Not to mention, Ive felt a difference in running (for the better!). Thanks for sharing! These are some of my favorites during class!
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  3. Great post. I just started going o yoga this Spring and love it so much more than I thought I would. I don’t know that I have a favorite pose as I still feel like I am learning what works for me.

  4. Love this, thanks for sharing!

    My favorite pose is childs pose, I feel it really helps me to relax and loosen up. Warrior pose is my other favorite, makes me feel strong and powerful!
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  7. Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, including balancing on one leg such as in Tree Pose or supporting yourself with your arms such as in Downward Facing Dog. Some exercises require you to move slowly in and out of poses, which also increases strength. As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles.

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