Yoga for Runners: Pre-Run

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.8 (113 votes)
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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.

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


California 7 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.

JCCraves 4 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 7 years ago

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

anja.castner 7 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.

Amy Reyer 7 years ago

I'm so curious to see how my run goes after stretching in this way, thank you!

AlyssaPorta0116 7 years ago

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!

HappyHappyJoyJoy 8 years ago

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