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  1. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl
    June 27, 2013

    Downdog twist?! I haven’t tried that one yet. Looks fun!
    Yoga has actually/finally helped me to build running endurance. Its something I’ve struggled with for a long time, endurance. So yay! It came in time now that I need it more than ever. All great moves. Going to try the twist in the morning.

    but my fave – downward facing dog. Stretchhhhhhhh. ;)
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Downdog twist is yummy. Such a great stretch but definitely can be a little intense too depending on how tight you are. So happy to hear that yoga has helped with your running!!

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    June 27, 2013

    OMG Great Photos! I am loving the LIZARD and PIGEON pose! :) They look like they would be wonderful stretches!

  3. Tyra
    June 27, 2013

    I actually found your blog when I was looking for yoga blogs, and started reading without initially realising you were a fellow runner! I’ve been doing yoga for just a few months, and it is helping my running immeasurably. For me the biggest benefits have been improved core strength and better hip flexibility. I normally do Tiffany Cruikshank’s post endurance training refresh on yogaglo after long runs, and legs up the wall, or figure four pose (I think that’s what it’s called) feel amazing :)
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Yes! I haven’t really been posting too much about running lately as I’ve been coming back from injury over the past year. Yoga has definitely improve my core strength and hip flexibility too. I feel like I will forever have tight hamstrings though no matter what I do!! :-)
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  4. jan
    June 27, 2013

    What a great list! I LOVE the visuals. I was thinking of asking a local yoga teacher to do a special class/workshop for my couch to 5k group.
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Jan! You should definitely ask a local yoga teacher to do a workshop. I’m sure that they would love to do one.
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  5. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    June 27, 2013

    I should have been soooo much better about this when I was a runner. It really did help when I did it. But I should take my ownadvice… it would still help now. :)
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Well, I of course believe that yoga will help with anything and everything :-)

  6. Coco
    June 27, 2013

    Totally pinning this. My body so needs to do all of these. I love the split down dog with bent leg. It just feels so good ….
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  7. Linz @ Itz Linz
    June 27, 2013

    great post! all gorgeous poses! when i was running, i was a huge fan of pigeon pose because my hips were always so tight!
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  8. lindsay
    June 27, 2013

    this is so perfect! and perfect timing! i get asked this question all the time. Runners need YOGA!
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  9. Jennifer F
    June 27, 2013

    Thanks for the moves – as a tight (and uptight) runner, I could definitely use some yoga!
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  10. Natalie
    June 27, 2013

    I love yoga hip stretches and I do them often because my IT band gets cranky when I run sometimes. I do all of those plus figure four, standing frog and cow face.
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      I love figure four too and cow face. That’s a great one but don’t think that I know standing frog. I’ll have to look that up!
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  11. Jo @ Living Mint Green
    June 27, 2013

    LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been doing Rodney Yees yoga conditionong for athletes & was looking for some more specific poses to incorporate into my routine!
    Also, I’m new here – Hi! :D
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Hi Jo! I’m glad that this post was helpful. I first started doing yoga with Rodney Yee videos. He’s great!
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  12. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 27, 2013

    Lizard, pigeon and legs up the wall (if my kids give me the time) are all my favorite post run stretches. Pinning this!
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  13. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    June 27, 2013

    I LOVE lizard pose!! All of these are some of my favorites :)
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  14. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    June 27, 2013

    Oh, thank you for these. I love the fold, downward facing dog. I’ve never seen it twisted and that looks like it would be a fantastic pose for me. I usually do pigeon and legs up on the wall (esp after a long run). Yay – thanks again – pinning away!
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    • Heather (Where’s the Beach)
      June 28, 2013

      BTW tried the down dog twist. Yeah…um, need to work on that one LOL
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      • Christine Yu
        June 30, 2013

        Yes! It’s a bit tricker/more intense than it looks, right? But it feels pretty amazing when you can work into it. I find that I have to move through a couple of poses first before doing the twist.
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  15. Alyssa
    June 27, 2013

    Ah I looooove lizard and pigeon! My hips get so tight from running!
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  16. misszippy
    June 27, 2013

    Great set of poses and perfect to do post run. I cannot do pigeon for the life of me…my hips just don’t open, so I don’t force it. I’ve found I cause more harm than good with it! But the rest, all good. You look awesomely strong in all the pics!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Yes! Definitely no forcing pigeon if it’s not available to you…or use lots of blankets :-) And thank you!
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  17. Lisa @ RunWiki
    June 27, 2013

    You’re so good! You look beautiful in those posses. I’m so tight I can barely move, but I have been doing a dvd “yoga for runners” for about two months now… I can move an inch now LOL!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      xoxo love you and thank you! Love that you are doing yoga for runners. it’s all a work in progress, yes?
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  18. Kierston @candyfit
    June 27, 2013

    If there’s one thing I know I love … is your yoga pictures. So calming.

    I’ve never seen the Lizard Pose before!
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  19. Alison
    June 27, 2013

    Triangle pose has always been one of my favorite poses.
    Downward dog twist looks SO hard!
    When I used to run, I would do about 5 minutes of sun salutations to warm up. It was awesome.
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Downdog twist is a great one but definitely not one that you can jump into right away. I make sure to warm up my body before doing it otherwise the twisting and stretch is pretty intense. Huh, I usually end with sun salutations but have never thought of starting with it. Maybe that would help me find my running mojo??
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  20. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    June 27, 2013

    Great pictures! You have beautiful form. I know I say this repeatedly, but I really need to get back to yoga. Your idea of spending some time right after a run is a great one. When I DO do yoga, I love pigeon and lizard poses. I know they are the most important for my body.
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Thank you Debbie. I found that spending a few minutes after a run or workout was a good way to make sure that I did incorporate yoga regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I think that pigeon is one of my favorites!
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  21. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    June 27, 2013

    I’ve never tried yoga, but I’ve heard such wonderful success stories from some pretty hardcore runners. Maybe it’s time I find a good place to learn and give it a go! It would also force me into actually stretching, which I’m really awful about! Beautiful pics – you look so strong!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Thank you Nicole! I really do love yoga. I started with it solely for the physical aspect – increasing my flexibility and balance, etc. but it’s become a lot more to me than just that. If you can, I’d definitely give it a try – find a good studio (most will offer a free first class or heavily discounted first class to get you to try it.) I’d love to hear if you do!
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  22. Ja @Ja on the RUN
    June 27, 2013

    WOW! Thanks for this! :) I love yoga and my favorite pose after a run is the Pigeon pose! :)
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  23. Calee (@chimes) — life + running
    June 27, 2013

    this is perfect. i was just tryign to put together a routine like this to do after my runs, and i wouldn’t have thought about the split, twist, or lizard. thanks for sharing!
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  24. Shalama Jackson
    June 27, 2013

    I really need to add some yoga into my life. I can tell the difference when I am not doing it. THanks for the reminder.
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  25. Kristen
    June 27, 2013

    I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before I can say, “I knew her when…” Your blog truly is awesome, Christine. It all stems from your many passions and it shows…even in your yoga poses! xo
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  26. Tamara
    June 27, 2013

    My sister is a runner and a crossfitter and she just discovered how much yoga adds to the overall picture – of health, flexibility, stress-relief. It’s inspiring to see.
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  27. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    June 27, 2013

    Love that you shared these I have been so tight lately from my long distance runs. This is perfect!
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  28. Holly
    June 27, 2013

    I’ve added 10 min of yoga post run and I love it. I don’t think I look as good as you do in the poses though! I have not seen lizard before but will be adding it…thanks!

    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      That’s really great! I do think that it doesn’t have to be a super long session on your yoga mat but those 10 minutes can really make a difference, physically and mentally. Lizard is a really great stretch for your hip flexors!
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  29. Rhonda @ Kids Running Wild
    June 27, 2013

    Thank you for showing Lizard Pose- I’ve been doing it but didn’t know it’s name!
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  30. Ilene
    June 27, 2013

    Running,. It’s how it all started for me with the yoga. I am so lucky to have both. And I love your post running postures. They make perfect sense.
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  31. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    June 27, 2013

    I NEEDED this… going to go through the sequence tonight!
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  32. Kim
    June 27, 2013

    I like the forward fold!!! I always start and end my boot camp classes with that move!!! A lot of the other moves you featured, I’ve done but not nearly as well as you!
    BTW – I hope you’re liking your short hair better now – it looks super cute!!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      The forward fold is probably one of my favs. I kind of like just hanging there like that. And yes! I do like my short hair now :-)
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  33. StinaOnTheMove
    June 27, 2013

    I just found your blog as I was looking for yoga poses for runners. This is a terrific set of poses! The lizard and the downdog twist are new to me and they look great! – at least when you do them, haha.
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      So glad that you found this post and I hope that you find it helpful. Lizard is a great stretch for the hip flexors and rolling on to the outer edge of your foot definitely gets into different parts of your hip. The downdog twist is newist to me too but it’s such a great one. Definitely warm up a little before moving into that pose.
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  34. Jody – Fit at 55
    June 27, 2013

    LOVE THIS!!! I have to figure out a way to print this out for myself so I can take with me downstairs & try! :)
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  35. Marcia
    June 27, 2013

    I too have never seen down dog with a twist. Genius! Need to try!
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  36. Sue – The Spin Cycle
    June 29, 2013

    Hi, Christine-

    I’ve seen you in passing on Sverve a few times, and your tip on this post drew me in. SO glad it did! I’m a lifetime runner but am very negligent in my stretching, both pre- and post-run. Never done yoga, either.

    Oh, the horror, right?

    I have to admit that these moves look quite doable. So I’ll plan to do a little stretching tomorrow morning with my laptop propped open in front of me. :) Thanks for the kick in the pants!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      Hi Sue! I’m so glad that you stopped over. I hope that you find this post helpful. Most of the poses are pretty doable as a beginner (and I’ve linked to Yoga Journal which will give you some more information about each pose). I do admit, I can be negligent about my post-run stretching/yoga too but I find that if I can remember to do even 10 minutes, it makes a huge difference.
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  37. kerker
    June 29, 2013

    Great post, the downdog twist looks quite difficult!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      I think that the tricky thing with downdog twist is figuring out which hand stays on the ground and which way you’re twisting! I also definitely recommend moving through a couple of poses first before trying it in order to warm up your body :-)
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  38. Kerry
    June 29, 2013

    I’ve been running for years now, but have not tried yoga. It’s on my list of things I want to try because I know it can benefit me greatly in terms of flexibility and posture. I’m going to bookmark this page for the future. I feel like I need to start in a studio to get some guidance on poses and such. Stopping by from SITS – thanks!
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    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2013

      That’s definitely the reason that I first started doing yoga – to improve my flexibility and posture. I would definitely recommend starting at a studio if you can. I think that it makes a world of difference to have a teacher demonstrate (or others in the class) what each pose looks like and have the teacher adjust you so that you know the proper alignment, etc. A lot of studios offer beginner workshops which might be a good option and less intimidating than going to a regular class. I’d love to hear if you do end up trying it!
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  39. Maureen
    June 29, 2013

    LOVE this post! Pigeon pose is my favorite….I can just feel my hips open up!
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  40. Mariann
    June 30, 2013

    OMG! Downdog twist? WOWzers! I’ll be glad if I ever work my way up to that pose! Great post!
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  41. Kesha of We Got Kidz
    June 30, 2013

    I just started running again and never thought to end it with a bit of yoga. Great piece! The pics are perfect. I’m going to try a few of these tomorrow.
    New friend visiting from SITS :)
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  42. Honeybee
    July 2, 2013

    Looks easy, but in fact yoga is more strenuous than cardio. Most yoga position use nothing more than your own body weight, which for me is difficult. :) Visiting from the SITS.
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  43. Alison
    July 9, 2013

    Have been meaning to comment on this post for awhile ;). Love all your pics and great Asanas for runners!
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  44. kristin miller
    July 11, 2013

    I love this post!!! These are some of my favorite poses, but I need to start doing them consistently!

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