Yoga for Runners: Pre-Run

Fiji McAlpine
Hatha Yoga
Yoga for Runners
Yoga for Athletes
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Average: 4.8 (97 votes)

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.


I have to admit I land on my
Emma Hair 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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.

Video that targets lower leg muscles?
Kaoya 4 years ago

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!

Super effective
kiyora 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

My favorite pre run stretch! Can feel a big improvement in my muscles while and after the run!

Theyogarebel 4 years ago

I never realized how tight my hips were. Thank you so much for this video.

California 4 years ago

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.

Don't give up!
JCCraves 2 years ago

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 4 years ago

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

A pain free run!
anja.castner 4 years ago

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.