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Yoga poses for runners

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : June 11, 2015 6:33 PM IST

Yoga asanas can not only prevent injuries but also optimise performance. In this video, marathon yoga expert Kimberly Flower shows a customised series of yoga poses designed to lengthen muscles that can get tight from running.

Forward bend pose or paschimottanasana: This yoga asana strengthens the thigh muscles and relaxes the arms and back, while improving blood flow to the face. With regular practice, this asana can promote flexibility of the back.

Seated tree pose or bharadvajasana: This pose builds strength in the ankles and calves and tones the muscles of the abdomen. It stretches the thighs, groins, torso and the shoulders. The seated tree pose also helps to strengthen and lengthen your spine.

Cobbler's pose or badhakonasana: This asana strengthens your spine and the muscles of your groin, knees, and lower back. It is a very effective exercise to reduce belly fat, ease menstrual pain and improve digestion.

Reclining pigeon pose or ardha kapotasana-The ardha kapotasana or half pigeon pose stretches the outer portion of the thighs, glutes, shoulders and chest bringing them into shape. This pose also helps to open up the hip joint and lengthen the hip flexor.

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Video source: Popsugar Fitness/YouTube

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