One of the best gifts resulting from a regular yoga practice is being in tune with our bodies and noticing what it tells us. Fall is starting here in Chicago and I suddenly feel a tremendous need to perform a warming activity. After fighting the idea for a while as I firmly believed running would tighten my muscles and decrease my flexibility, I gave in and decided to run. The last time I ran was 8 years ago before I moved to the US. Since then, my fitness regimen has consisted solely of yoga.
One day I was teaching a yoga class and a dear friend named Elyda attended. Elyda is a woman who is half diva, half Wonder Woman, who finds time to run, workout, do yoga, work and still has time to be the best mother in the world. During this class, I realized that Elyda remained super flexible even though she ran everyday. I asked her how she kept her flexibility with all the running she did and she told me she spent a lot of time stretching after her running workouts. At that moment, it became clear to me that in addition to my daily yoga practice, I needed to develop a second post-run yoga practice.
With that, I began a quest to develop a practical, short-yoga practice, which could be made after right after my run. As you will just have finished your run, the sequence skips the warm up, and it aims to stretch the muscles most used by running (IT bands, quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, lower back). I hope you enjoy and have a great practice!