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Yoga for Runners: Pre-Run

Intermediate I

Doing yoga before running is one of the best ways to stay injury free, get stronger and make your run more enjoyable. Fiji takes you through an efficient, rigorous sequence of poses that prepare your body for a run by loosening key muscles that are often tight and strengthening those that encourage balance.

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forestchild
forestchild
May 11, 2022
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5
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Such a great warm up for doing a quick run or race! It gets me into the right mindset as well for my runs.

LucyWeir
LucyWeir
March 11, 2021
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I'd like to donate but not download! I've downloaded the audio only but I don't really want it and I'd love to just be able to donate. I have no regular income at the moment so can't commit to being a subscriber - yet! Let me know. Namaskar. Lucy

sng4ever
sng4ever
May 22, 2020
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I used this before weight training and it was a really thorough practice that I felt good doing.
It is a nice , challenging practice too.

ejanedelong
ejanedelong
January 31, 2020
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AMAZING class! If I could give it 10 stars I would. I am recovering from left hip injury and this class is perfect. Hard work but I could feel the strengthening and releasing. Thank you and namaste.

wanita
wanita
November 30, 2019
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My running days are over unfortunately but this is a great preparation for my ride. Thank you :)

Emoir
Emoir
October 23, 2018
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Always enjoy Fiji’s classes, the tempo, tone and challenge is just right for me. I did this for the first time after a run and sprint work and it was wonderful will definitely be coming back to it again and again.

lori onion
lori onion
October 5, 2017
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did this after a weight lifting set of squats left me super sore.... this helped loosen up!

jksebalu
jksebalu
June 5, 2017
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been using this routine for the last 3 years...amazing results

swadler
swadler
March 16, 2017
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As a 58 year old Peace Corps Volunteer on the Island of Dominica my wife and I are attempting to complete all 14 segments of the Waitikibuli National Trail. It is a lengthy, arduous hiking trail through muddy rain forests and up and down mountains and valleys. This class has helped me and my wife avoid injury, increase stamina and shorten recovery time. We only have 5 segments left!!!! Thank you, Ms. McAlpine and DoYogaWithMe. It's been a lifechanger having this site available.

JudithAnne
JudithAnne
September 5, 2016
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I am starting a running practice after several years off because of injury and with this class I am very hopeful that I can run injury free. I remember when I started running for the first time back in the 80's I thought yoga would be a perfect complement but could find no instruction, and I didn't have the knowledge to create a practice for myself. This time is different! Thank you, Fiji and David and everyone at DoYogaWithMe.

sophakig
sophakig
June 23, 2016
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Thank for this excellent pre-run yoga. I felt the energy flowing through my body and really need the hip and IT band stretching.

Cypress23
Cypress23
May 21, 2016
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Thnx Fiji for a great class! It really helps minimize hip pain in my runs.

marrit
marrit
March 26, 2016
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What a difference! I don't feel tired at all, just that post work-out satisfaction.
My legs are a bit flimsy and lanky, but they felt very strong. Which is actually one of the reasons I picked up running in the first place. Can't wait to feel the difference in a month or two.

Suzune
Suzune
February 14, 2016
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I injured my ankle a while back doing jump kicks in the gym. I worried that, now that I am getting older, that it might not recover quite as well or as quickly. I did this class this morning and I felt no pain but instead realised how tight my ankle muscles had become. While it might be some time before I run again. This class has given me so much more flexibility and strength in my ankle then before. Thank you for this wonderful class.

lila2
lila2
February 10, 2016
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I am really grateful for these videos. Right now I can't afford paying for classes. I wanted to do yoga online, but didn't feel that I was doing the poses the right way. You explain everything so good. This site is amazing! Thank you all.

YoNiki
YoNiki
December 30, 2015
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Hi,
I am not a runner, so did not choose this video until I followed a programme of which it was part.
I really love it as a morning class!
Thumbs up!

Emma Hair
Emma Hair
May 13, 2015
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I have to admit I land on my but quite a lot doing this class especially when I first tried it but I am thankful to Fiji taking the time to share it with us as it has made a massive difference in my ankles and back while I run allowing me to improve in the sport I'm new to and giving me the energy to lose one more pound so thankyou I can't recommend this class enough

emaag
emaag
May 12, 2015
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I went into this video just wanting to warm up and prepare for a regular run. By the end of the video in Tadasana, I felt rejuvenated, relaxed, and in a much better mood than when I started. Whatever your intentions were for this video, Fiji, this was a beautiful session that I didn't know I was in much need of. It's moments like these that continue my new burning passion of yoga. Thank you.
Namaste,
Emily

Kaoya
Kaoya
March 27, 2014
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Thank you DYWM for all the "Yoga for runners" videos, they are amazing!
I have a question, though : Do you have a video that targets more particularly the tibialis anterior, peroneal and calf muscles? Mine are always awfully hard/tight and can't seem to relax, running only making it worse (even though I try to stretch religiously).
So I thought maybe you guys would have an answer? :-)
(Since David's video fixed my IT band issue, I turn to DYWM for every sport-induced nagging pain... With much success, I must say!)
Thank you for the great website, and all the best from China!

kiyora
kiyora
January 21, 2014
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I have had recurring runner's knee issues for the past 3-4 months. I've tried a number of remedies, from different stretches to heat packs to leg strengthening exercises, and this video is the first thing I've tried that has made an immediate, noticeable difference. I did it in the morning and could already feel its effects; when I went for my evening run, the runner's knee was significantly lessened! I will keep doing this video and others in the series religiously. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kleecloud
Kleecloud
February 27, 2014
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My favorite pre run stretch! Can feel a big improvement in my muscles while and after the run!

Theyogarebel
Theyogarebel
March 18, 2014
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I never realized how tight my hips were. Thank you so much for this video.

California
California
November 18, 2013
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I am a beginner. I'm too heavy and too weak to jog right now, but I try to walk 2 miles per day. I tried to do this video before my walk today but I had to stop a few minutes into it. I'm not that limber, I can't touch my toes with straight legs, I can't do low squats, etc, etc. Perhaps this can be reclassified to Intermediate? I can't imagine too many beginners like me can do these poses and there aren't any suggestions for modifications. It seems like a good video, I hope I'll be able to do it eventually.

JCCraves
JCCraves
February 12, 2016
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I am also a beginner. I've been so for years! Good for you, keep it up. There are many other beginner routines on this site. Try Sun Salutations and doing them daily will build your core strength and balance (I"m still wobbly!) but you can do it. This is very challenging routine and even though I'm now running regularly my knees cannot handle some of these deep lunges etc.

Also look at David's Yoga for runners IT band stretches.

Slow and steady.You CAN do it!

machine
machine
November 13, 2013
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Another great session with Fiji! Can't wait to run. Giving me a lot to think about up in the hills. Namaste.

anja.castner
anja.castner
October 22, 2013
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Just came back from an one hour run after having done this pre-run video: neither a twinge nor a tweak, neither a hurt nor a pain. Thank you Fiji McAlpine for these concise and finely tuned asanas. They made my run so much more enjoyable.

Amy Reyer
Amy Reyer
September 1, 2013
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I'm so curious to see how my run goes after stretching in this way, thank you!
Namaste

AlyssaPorta0116
AlyssaPorta0116
June 26, 2013
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I play soccer and to keep my endurance up, I run everyday. Doing this video before I run, just helps so much and I feel great and energized. Also the Post run video help cool down after a run while this one helps you warm up for a run. You guys should make a video for pre-game yoga and post game yoga. I'm sure everyone would love it. Keep making amazing videos!
-Alyssa

HappyHappyJoyJoy
HappyHappyJoyJoy
January 1, 2013
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I know this class was directed toward runners but also great for anyone who wants a fun challenge to strengthen and stretch.