5 Yoga Poses for Post Run Bliss

Hi everyone!

When I tell people that I do yoga, the number one response I always get is “Oh, I can’t do that. I can’t touch my toes.” I liken that to the response people give when you say you run, “Oh, you’ll need new knees by the time your 50!” Everyone has an opinion. Well here’s mine.

Stop making excuses!

Yoga benefits everyone for stress relief, diminish aches and pains, injury prevention and a better outlook at life. Yoga is equally beneficial to runners whether you are a weekend warrior who gets in a few miles a week or you run Ultras. It’s not about touching your toes and wrapping your leg around your neck.

I’d love to be able to do a two hour yoga session every day of the week but life doesn’t allow for that right now. One way I like to sneak in a little yoga is at the end of my runs. There are five poses for post run bliss that I always do. They hit all the muscles that are stressed and fatigued the most while running – calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, lower back, and hips. I like to add Legs Up A Wall too just because it relaxes your psoas, drains blood out of your tired feet and legs and slows the body down readying for recovery.

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Hold each pose except legs up a wall for a minute or more. I prefer to stay in legs up a wall for at least 10 minutes.

I was recently asked to select a couple of pieces from Macy’s activewear for women. I knew Macy’s carried the major brands like Nike and Under Armour but I’ve never noticed their Ideology brand. I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I chose a racerback tank and cropped leggings.

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The tank is very cute. I love the tie dye pattern. It’s a little longer length which helps prevent flashing your goods when doing an inversions in yoga class. I like that the fit isn’t super tight and it skims the body rather than squeezes. I haven’t tried running in the tank yet as it’s still quite cold here. It’s not supportive enough on it’s own for running but just enough for yoga and other lower impact activities.

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I usually have quite a difficult time finding cropped pants that fit me right. I’m short waisted and tend to either have to pull the waist up super high or have the crotch hang low. Either one really isn’t very flattering. The fit of these crops are ok. They’re a little longer in the waist than I prefer though. I wore them to yoga class and did not have to pull at the waist band once. I can see myself wearing these in yoga and running (again, if it ever gets warm enough!).

I feel comfortable in both pieces. Proof that cute workout clothes can also be functional!

What are your favorite stretches post run?

I was sent the tank and cropped leggings free of charge for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

36 comments on “5 Yoga Poses for Post Run Bliss

  1. I love the top and had no idea that Macy’s had an activewear line; thanks for the tip! Since I just discovered my love of Yoga, I don’t have too many favorites yet, but for after a long run, it is definitely Pigeon. I’ve been doing the Pigeon pose for a couple years once I figured out how good it was for the hips.
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  2. I love the list of poses…this is just what I need since I have been a terrible yoga slacker this year yet want to still do some flexibility work. The tank is SO cute–really love the tie dye. One of these days the weather will allow it!
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  3. This post couldn’t be more perfect for me right now! I just got done with a run and my body is SO tight! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I don’t run. But I firmly believe in Yoga for pre and post workout work.

    Airplane (a variant on Warrior3) is fabulous for runners! And those 5 stretches after a hard workout balances everything and helps with healing.
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  5. your wheel pose is just wrong-arms need to be completely straight and your chest/heart in between your arms.It confounds me, why people put bad yoga poses up of themselves and then give instruction on “how to” do them. Badly I guess.

  6. What a good reminder! I’ve made it a goal to do a daily yoga practice this year, and your post is a great suggestion on another way to fit it in. Of course I will also work to include some full-length classes or videos, but a big help on days when that just won’t happen.
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