5 Benefits of Yoga for Runners

Thanks to Jill for sharing some yoga tips today! I need these reminders, as yoga is one practice that is consistently difficult to fit into my weekly routine.  Check out the additional links at the bottom for other helpful tips!

The Benefits of Yoga

Are you curious about a Downward Dog or Warrior Pose? Maybe you want to improve performance for your favorite sport or find a way to unwind at the end of the day. Have you considered yoga? It might be the perfect addition to your health and fitness routine.

I have experienced the benefits of yoga by consistently adding yoga several times a week to my workout schedule over the past 6 months. Initially, I started yoga to improve running form and performance. Now, yoga is a favorite workout not only for the benefits but as a way to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

Five Benefits of Yoga

  • Increased flexibility. Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles.
  • Improved fitness. With regular practice, yoga can improve balance, range of motion and strength.
  • Benefits breathing. Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve sports performance and endurance.
  • Less stress and more calm. With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and toward calm as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration.
  • Better sleep. Regular practice of yoga can help people relax making it easier to turn off at the end of the day.

For more on yoga and how I found a way to add it to my workout schedule, as well as my favorite and most challenging poses, check out Hit the Mat To Experience the Benefits of Yoga.

I’m a wife, mom of 2, full-time psychologist, Swiftwick, FitFluential, Fit Approach and Girl Gone Sporty Ambassador that is passionate about running, plant-based nutrition, fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle.  I believe living a healthy life is not about perfection. It’s about commitment, effort and progress! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jillconyers@gmail.com

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Thanks, Jill!

Here are a few other great links on running and yoga that I’ve found helpful:

Angela’s 10 Favorite Yoga Poses for Runners and some great Yoga Hip Openers

The Yoga Running Connection from Run to the Finish

Yoga Home Practice 101 from Clea

Have you incorporated yoga into your routine?

43 thoughts on “5 Benefits of Yoga for Runners

  1. Great tips Jill! Yoga is so much more than stretching. There’s no need for anyone to be intimidated because they aren’t bendy enough. Every pose can be modified. Try it and you’ll reap the benefits! It’s no secret I’m a huge fan. 🙂

    BTW – thanks for the link love!
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  2. Great post! I am an avid runner and just started added yoga to my fitness routine to help increase flexibility. We get so tight as runners. I am excited to stick with it and see some improvements. Thanks for this post!

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  4. I know I need to stretch more and want to try yoga! May have to see about taking a class soon. Thanks for sharing. I would imagine it would help in avoiding some injuries by being more in tune with how my body feels.
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  5. Yay for yoga! Great post. You know you don’t have to convince me. Definitely you should hit some yoga after Houston, but be careful of those hamstrings!

    And good luck at the marathon! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.
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  6. I like the Flexible Warrior series. She’s got workouts that can be done 1st thing in the morning (even if your muscles are cold), as well as before bed (not too demanding, perfect for relaxation). I used the latter this week, and the next morning was the first time I woke up without my lower back being stiff.
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  9. I saw this on a linkup on a local blogger’s blog and I loved this article. The weather here in Cleveland, OH was awful for the first few weeks of the year and it was impossible to run outside. I had a really bad back injury too that I suffered due to poor posture while driving back from DC over the holidays. My wife suggested that we break out some yoga DVDs that she got for Christmas. I have really enjoyed using them–they helped speed along my recovery and they have helped stretch out my muscles for running! I plan to keep up the practice on my “rest days” during half-marathon training.
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    • Thanks for the comment, Joe! That’s awesome that you saw so many benefits of yoga so quickly. It’s hard for me to slow down long enough to incorporate yoga- I like to go, go, go… but I always feel good when I do!
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  12. I work for a company selling yoga mats, however I have only just got into yoga myself! I’ve been doing it for three weeks now and already I feel much more supple, and less stressed! great post, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Sometimes I do not understand myself. For the last week or so I have felt terrible. I work 12-14 hours a day in a very stressful busienss and never take any time for me- I spend all day serving others. This evening, I went and did a 1 hr and 15 min yoga practice. I feel great now! All kinds of energy, dullness and listlessness is gone… Somehow I have to make time for this daily! This is a great article and so many of the benefits can be seen by doing just one practice.
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