Last Monday when I met with my new running coach, we discussed a range of topics including mileage, a running log, strength training, and yoga. One of the things he told me was that when he was doing his heaviest running, he incorporated 1 1/2 hours of yoga into his training a couple of times a week. And instead of going to an actual studio, he order a video off Amazon and would do that after a run. His wife mentioned that in particular, they focused on warrior poses. Warrior pose – I remember that from yoga class but I do not remember all of the different ones. There is Warrior I, Warrior II, and Warrior III. Here is the difference:
Warrior I: Opens the chest and lungs, allowing for better breathing. Creates more flexibility in the shoulders, back, and hips. Strengthens the legs. This is a good pose to prepare for back-bending poses. To do Warrior I: The front knee is bent, back leg straight, arms extended overhead, and the chest is turned in the same direction as the bent knee.
Warrior II: Develops strength and elasticity in the legs and flexibility of the hips. Tones the abdominal organs, stretches the shoulders and back. Increases stamina. To do Warrior II: The front knee is bent, back leg straight, arms extended out to the sides in line with the legs.
Warrior III: Stretches and tones the legs, trains us to strengthen the abdominal muscles, improves our posture. Brings better balance and greater stamina with practice. To do Warrior III: Balance on one straight leg, with the trunk and arms extending horizontally forward and the lifted leg extending back.
Here is my attempt at the three poses. Let me add that I do not practice yoga that often so clearly I am not that good at it. My poses are also not what they should be, but I’m trying 🙂 Just don’t make fun…
Happy Trails and Happy Running,