Yoga for Runners: A Stretch Class for the IT Band

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Difficulty: 
Beginner
Style: 
Hatha Yoga
Yoga for Runners
Yoga for Athletes
Gentle Yoga
Yoga for Back Care
Equipment: 
Strap
Block
Duration: 
26:32
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Class Description: 

This Yoga for Runners class is designed specifically to prevent or help heal chronic IT band tightness. It takes a holistic approach, releasing all of the muscles that play a role in IT Band Syndrome.

Comments

cramp in hamstring
robanyel 2 years ago

When doing the kneeling quad stretch I keep getting a pain/cramp in my hamstring. Am I not doing the stretch correctly or is there something I can do to alleviate that cramp.

It just means that your
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

It just means that your hamstring is weak, which is common with tight hip flexors. You can start doing strengthening exercises for the hamstrings to improve this.

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithMe Founder

Issues with Quad Stretch
Gemgrrrl 2 years ago

Great video! I can really tell how much I need this video when doing these stretches.

I have a question about the quad stretch. At ~16:06, when placing the leg in front, I can't get my leg out in front of me without feeling pain in my quadriceps on the leg that is against the wall. I think I'm just not flexible enough there, and the stretch feels too deep. Can anyone suggest a modification that will allow me to do this stretch until I'm flexible enough?

Thank you!

Quadricep stretch against the wall
David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi Gemgrrrl.

Are you able to keep your front knee down, put the back leg up the wall and feel the stretch? That could be a good starting point, as long as you are relatively comfortable in that position.

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithMe.com Founder

Amazing!
ALSB73 3 years ago

This video and the video for lower back are totally amazing. Picked up some new asanas which I'm hoping will really help with my running given I have a tendency towards frequent injury. Fabulous instruction and not rushed!

runners and cyclists!
machine 3 years ago

Great stretching video David. Particularly like the tip of wrapping belt around inner outer ankles and how it changes deepens the stretch. Dywm just keeps getting better!

Nice, slow, well thought out program
wittymoose 3 years ago

I found some new stretches in this yoga video, David is so gentle and thorough with his explanations. I will add this one to my "to do" list. I am a runner and have super tight hamstrings, but found that my quads need help too! I am not yet feeling all of it in my IT bands due to my hamstrings being so tight, so I'll stick with it and hopefully gain some flexibility and less issues with IT band syndrome. Thank you David!

Update
Kaoya 4 years ago

Hello David !

Thanks for helping me back in August! I wanted to give you some update :-)
Your advice worked well, the discrepancy between left and right is still there, but much narrower, getting better and better.

As far as my IT band issues are concerned, I've noticed that I can run unbothered as long as I'm diligent and consistent with my yoga practice (that is, 3-4 times/week)

So... Thank you so much !! DYWM has really helped me a lot in staying injury-free, relaxed and sane (I'm writing my master's thesis and it drives me crazy), particularly as a student on a very tight budget!

I also wanted to let you know that DYWM is becoming famous in France and Belgium ! :-D
I spread the word on the forums of Madmoizelle ( http://forums.madmoizelle.com/forum-sport/77811-site-genial-pour-toutes-... ), a great French online magazine, and everyone was so thrilled and enthusiastic !

Thank you for all the great work !

Kaoya

Hi David ! I'm using this
Kaoya 4 years ago

Hi David !

I'm using this video as part of my IT band rehab routine, and on some exercises (particularly the quad stretch with the leg up against the wall) I notice a big discrepancy in flexibility between my left (non-injured) and my right (injured) leg.

When working on my left leg, I can put my back up against the wall, but when working on my right leg, even having my hands on the floor with my elbows straight is challenging...

So here is my question : should I stretch my left side as much as it can be stretched, even if it risks increasing the difference in flexibility between the two legs, or should I wait until my right leg "catches up" before?

Thank you very much, and thanks for the great videos, it's really helping !

(I hope I've explained it clearly, I'm not an English speaker and it was quite difficult to formulate)

Hip Flexor Imbalance
David Procyshyn 4 years ago

Hello Kaoya.

Great question.

The best thing you can do is see a physiotherapist. Until then, here are a few suggestions:

You have a clear imbalance between the flexibility of your hip flexors. In this case, you don't want to totally ignore the more flexible side, but you do want to stretch the tight side more frequently.

Stretch the right side a lot - 'a lot' would depend on your body and how it responds. For example, my hip flexors increase flexibility faster when I hold them in a stretch for 20 seconds or more, three times, a couple of times a day. This is too much for some. You will need to see what works for you.

The approach with the left side would be to just keep it limber, keep the muscle soft. In fact, in may be a good idea to incorporate a strengthening exercise for the hip flexor on the left side.

Let me know how it goes.

David
DoYogaWithMe.com Founder