Yoga for Runners: Post-Run

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.7 (186 votes)
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Practicing a few yoga poses after a run, when your muscles are warm and soft, will make you feel a whole lot better the next day. Post-run yoga will decrease injuries and improve the health and strength of muscles. Also, tense muscles have trouble receiving enough blood. Stretching improves the muscles' access to healthy blood and oxygen.

Equipment: None
Style: Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Back Care


txrunnergirl17 4 years ago

I consider myself an advanced beginner- I have a solid foundation but am not quite intermediate level yet, and I thought some of this was hard to follow and do. I think after doing the routine a few times, it may get easier to follow though. I do think it was a nice routine for after running.

beck222 4 years ago

Ever since my caesarean 6 years ago whenever I go for a jog I pay for it with sciatica-like pain radiating down from my sacroiliac joint. But I love running, so got fed up and decided to put up with it and started the couch to 5k a few weeks ago. I have, however, been doing this routine after each jog and so far I haven't paid for my jogging with pain afterwards even though I can feel the joint stiffening as usual during the run. Found this site because of your pregnancy videos (only non patronising ones I found that actually catered to pregnant women without making the stretch routine useless). So you've now helped me in two ways, thankyou. : )

yc8 4 years ago

I have been using this video for over two years now, and a little over one year ago it became the only stretching I do after a run. It is a vital part of my running regimen, keeping me limber without overdoing the stretching. I find it easier, with time and practice, to make adjustments to the more difficult stretches so my body can handle the moves without pain. Thank you, Fiji, for making this video available!

Nugget 5 years ago

Great stretches for after the run! got some new moves now, would highly recommend

Lindersurprise 5 years ago

I recently injured my hip-flexor muscles, so having a set routine to stretch everything out after my run is essential. This routine felt great, both as a stretch but also strengthening those weakness created by the injuries. This is definitely in my regular rotation!

AJMcDougall 5 years ago

Very calming and gentle practice with a nice pace. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I felt like there needed to be a few easier options outlined. Some of the starting poses were impossible for me (very tight hamstrings) so when more advanced options were given without easier options being given, I did feel a bit silly. I basically had to take bent legs for a lot of this practice. The instructor was lovely though and the result felt good.

Smilla 6 years ago

Dear Fiji and Do Yoga with me crew,

I really appreciate this post-run yoga class and how it makes you end your practise (run) in a very balanced and calm way. However, the music change at 07.57 is quite stressful. First, I thought that I had something else playing in the background, but then I realized that it is actually the background music of the class playing a rythm and style that makes it hard to concentrate on the voice.

It is perhaps the style of music or maybe even the volume that mismatch with the ambiance from the rest of the class? Any how, the result is that the background music from time 07.57 and on, interferes with the instruction and the voice.
I don't know if you can change this music into something more discrete that is not disturbing the voice? If so, I would be very thankful.

Thank you for fantastic classes.

kmj 6 years ago

Thank you Fiji! I am adding running back into my routine and this class is so perfect.

danake 6 years ago

Thank you for this it's the perfect way to finish a run!! Love the dynamic stretches and the final few words about carrying the feelings of wellness with you throughout the day!!