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  1. Shana Norris
    March 9, 2014

    My sister and I were just talking about how we need to do more stretching and strength training to keep our bodies in their best condition for running. I can’t wait to try these poses. I’ve been having the tiniest bit of knee pain lately and I think some attention to my hips would help that. BTW, I LOVE those leggings :)
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    • Christine Yu
      March 10, 2014

      Let me know if you do try them! Knee pain is definitely no fun. Definitely work on strengthening (and loosening) the hips and glutes.
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  2. Divya Budhraja
    March 10, 2014

    Love this post!! Thank you for sharing! I’m starting to train for my very first half marathon so will be bookmarking this post to refer to when my muscles need some yoga to balance everything out!
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  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    March 10, 2014

    These look perfect for lifters too… I’m SO bad about staying limber!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      They are great for everyone! I hate saying that this yoga pose if good for this specific activity but it’s an easy way for people to digest the information. Anything to get more people to try yoga!
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  4. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    March 10, 2014

    I llllooooovvvvveeee your yoga for runners series sooooo much (enthusiastic much?). Yoga is so helpful, and I’m really trying to work my way back to it. My favorite is pigeon. It is one of those love to hate poses that feels so good when it is done!
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  5. Brittany@ Delights and Delectables
    March 10, 2014

    love this!!! My IT bands need extra love!
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  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    March 10, 2014

    Crescent lunge always, always feels good! Love the IT band stretch too. Great post Christine! Oh and thanks for the leggings reference – how’d you know we’d ask?? :)
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  7. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    March 10, 2014

    Love your leggings!! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE this series :) Keep em coming!
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  8. Allie
    March 10, 2014

    Cresent strecth – YES! I also need that Pec Minor one too. I took a Yoga for Runners class once where we went on a group run and then did 45 min of yoga afterward. It was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken. I so wish I could do that at least once a week. Thanks for this little reference guide – I need it!
    Now, what kind of pose can you do for nervous anticipation before a race? :-)
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  9. —->CARLA
    March 10, 2014

    I neeeed to see you when Im in town :)
    announcement this week about why I say that from this post—oooh now I think perhaps youd join me?

    hmmm :-)
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    • Christine Yu
      March 10, 2014

      Yes! Although now I think I might be out of town when you are here…hmmm.
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  10. misszippy
    March 10, 2014

    I love balance poses and warrior 3 is a favorite. Thanks for this great series for us tight runners. The two activities really do complement each other well.

    Congrats on writing for Athleta! Will check it out.
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  11. Coco
    March 10, 2014

    Just looking at these I’m going mmmmmmm. I know they will feel so good! I love down dog the best.
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  12. Linz @ Itz Linz
    March 10, 2014

    anything to stretch my hips was so beneficial when i was running!
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  13. Pamela Hernandez
    March 10, 2014

    Love crescent lunge. I actually do it at the end of each training session with my clients as well.

  14. Maureen
    March 10, 2014

    I’ll need to try the crescent lunge….sounds like I need it! Surprisingly, I do the pec minor stretch a few times a week. A PT taught me this stretch a few years ago and I LOVE it!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 10, 2014

      Pec minor stretch is my favorite stretch! So important!
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  15. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    March 10, 2014

    Thank you for these. I’ve been doing the one for ITB more frequently again. I love pigeon pose but can’t seem to get my leg placement quite right. I realized recently how very inflexible I’ve become since quitting ballet.

    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      One tip for pigeon – don’t stress about your front shin being parallel to the front of the mat. If it’s there, great. If not, just something to work on. Do take a peak at your back leg to make sure that it’s coming straight out of your hip and that your foot isn’t sickling inwards. I find that it’s helpful to tuck the back toe to help square off the hip (usually means bringing the hip of the bent leg back in space a little and the hip of the leg extended in the back forward in space a little). You can also think about drawing your inner thighs towards each other for a bit of a deeper stretch.
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  16. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    March 10, 2014

    I have started to doing regular Yoga and Pilates classes this year and they have helped so much with my recovery and form!
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  17. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    March 10, 2014

    What an awesome post! I need all of these stretches/poses. I try to run in the morning, and then I sit a desk all day. So I’d get double the benefit! I do bridges to help strengthen my hips.
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  18. Jenn@Mark My Miles!
    March 10, 2014

    These are SO helpful. Love the IT band stretch. Thank YOU!
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  19. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    March 10, 2014

    i so needed this… how did you know? I’m excited that your race is almost here!!
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  20. Amanda @runtothefinish
    March 10, 2014

    WOHOOO i do so many of these, glad to know I didn’t just imagine they were working for me
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  21. Tamara
    March 10, 2014

    I love your leggings too!
    I am not a runner and I doubt I ever will be, but I’m a hiker/power walker so I’m thinking these poses would help me too? And I do sit at a computer a lot, editing photos. I need to stretch it out!
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    • Christine Yu
      March 10, 2014

      Definitely yes! I don’t like saying that this pose is only good for runners or swimmers or whatever since yoga is so great for everyone. I sit a lot too and it’s important to stretch out the front of the body – psoas, hip flexors in particular and then the pec minor stretch (since we all tend to hunch forward at the computer). You want to open everything back up – chest and hips. :-)
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  22. Reba-Not So Perfect Life
    March 10, 2014

    found a link to this on pinterest. Love this, I do yoga once a week and it has really helped my running.
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  23. Katrina
    March 10, 2014

    Bricks can help a TON – t hanks girlie!

  24. Jody – Fit at 56
    March 10, 2014

    Thank you for sharing!!! I do a couple variations of the poses but since I don’t do yoga, not exact. ;)
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  25. lindsay Cotter
    March 10, 2014

    okay, so how about we trade strength for yoga and then we can go run after we practice both?? then refuel with healthy bites?
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  26. Katie
    March 10, 2014

    i love all those poses! I really do love child’s pose. I am pretty sure I could fall asleep there and stay there.
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  27. Adrienne Bolton
    March 11, 2014

    I need some yoga at home motivation! Perfect!
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  28. Taylor @ Lifting Revolution
    March 12, 2014

    Yoga has helped me so much as a runner! I have a race this weekend, and can’t wait for my yoga tomorrow!! Thanks for the great tips! Love the moves
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  29. Holly @ Run With Holly
    March 14, 2014

    Yes, yes, and more YES, says the running coach! :) I love that you included Warrior 3 – I’ve been working with my runners more and more on balancing (even simple one legged balancing) to build proprioception and hip/stabilizer strength. This is a great reminder to include some of the yoga balancing poses in as ‘peak poses’!

    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      Oh man, Warrior III! Total love-hate relationship. I know that it’s so good for me, particularly as a runner but man, it’s tough!
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  30. Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem
    March 14, 2014

    I just started doing yoga about three months ago and about 4 weeks ago a chronic issue I had been dealing with in my right leg started to go away, it used to wake me up at night, I could only sleep in certain positions, running was hit or miss now it is about 90% better, never wakes me up at night and I can sleep how I want. I blame yoga and am a believer now. I love downward facing dog, and anything that stretches running muscles in my hips and hammies.
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    • Christine Yu
      March 22, 2014

      That is amazing Christy!!! I’m so happy to hear that this issue in your leg is starting to get better!
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  31. Alison
    March 17, 2014

    Yes! Love it! Will be posting to FB!!
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  32. Esther
    March 16, 2015

    I really miss Down Dog and Trikonasana. They are absolutely essential to me as a runner. And some Pranayama exercises would be better to add as well. Good luck running!

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