A few weeks ago, I attended an afternoon of workshop on Restorative Yoga. What a difference from the all out sweat fest I am used to at my Hot Yoga class. Admittedly, I was a little skeptical about whether or not I would find any benefit from this type of class. Once I let myself become open to the new (to me) Restorative Yoga, I was pleasantly surprised at how beneficial they could be for me as a runner. Today I am going to share my favorite Four Restorative Yoga Poses that are easy to add to your post run recovery routine.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga classes usually offer a series of 5 or 6 poses that you hold for about 5 minutes for each pose. Instead of flowing through your class, you are guided to hold each pose and sink into it on a deeper level. Oftentimes, props such as blankets or yoga blocks are used for extra support. Restorative Yoga aims to guide you into total relaxation of body and mind and allow you to reach a state of total rest.
Being still and quieting my mind is not something that comes easy to me. I struggle to force myself to make time to stretch enough. I have a hard time sitting still. Exercise to me means sweating a ton. I had to to completely abandon all of my preconceived notions of yoga and just let it happen. While I did find the poses that used multiple blankets and props very relaxing, many were too much for me to do on my own. However, there were Four Restorative Yoga poses that I really took to and have been using regularly. I’d like to share those with you today.
Four Restorative Yoga Poses To Do Post Run
Legs up the wall
A perfect place to to start as you do not need much flexibility or prior yoga knowledge. For runners, this pose offers a great relaxation of the back and hamstrings. After pounding on your lower legs while running, this position helps ease swelling of the feet and legs. The closer you can get your hips to the wall, the more of a stretch you will feel on your hamstrings. I don’t know why I waited so long to add this into my routine. As I am not a yoga instructor, I am going to direct you here for instructions.
Aah I love this one so much. Great inner thigh stretch for me and much more relaxing than it looks.
Cobbler’s Pose or Butterfly Legs
My back feels incredible in this stretch and I feel the most amazing groin stretch. A place that I often forget to stretch but was oh so tight.
Figure 4 on The Wall
I found a fabulous 10 minute You Tube clip from SaraBeth Yoga that explains everything you need to know about these 4 poses. Trust me it’s the best 10 minutes you will spend stretching. Lately, I’ve been doing these at night right before bed and I believe it’s helping me sleep better. I hope to attend another workshop and discover some other poses to add into my routine.
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Tell me-Have you done Restorative Yoga? Do you struggle to find time to stretch?