How yoga helps runners: Develop the ability to read your body and prevent injuries

HOW YOGA HELPS RUNNERS (2)

I got into this sport-specific yoga thing because I wanted to help my friends. For the first time in my life I started thinking of myself as an athlete and understood how a movement practice was incredibly beneficial.

And no, it’s not just the stretching part. It’s the movements themselves and what happens within each transition. It’s the feeling that develops as you slowly begin to know your limits and understand how each movement truly feels for my body. That feeling told me when to back off and when to go hard.

It’s called body awareness, and that is the number reason I got into this.

Train smarter not harder

I wanted to help my friends develop it. I saw the lack of it during practices and training sessions.

Their bodies hurt. They didn’t pay attention to their bodies way of communicating what was too much.

They got injured. They had to forgo doing races they had already paid for and trained months for.

Body awareness is not developed overnight, or even after a few weeks. Much like progressing as a runner, body awareness develops slowly with time and practice. You have to learn how to tune in and truly feel even the smallest movements.

Be your first gateway to stopping injuries and being smarter about your training. It won’t solve everything but it sure will help.

Start developing more body awareness today by subscribing to yoga videos created exclusively for runners on mvmntforathletes.com. I’m so excited to be a part of your journey to being a smarter, safer, faster runner!