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Photo credit: Alex Stein.

Yoga for runners: Hip openers and stretchers


Last updated: 22-Aug-18

By Alice Morrison

Continuing our series of yoga for ultra runners with the beautiful Alex Stein, in this piece we practice a sequence that focuses on opening those hips and also gives a great stretch out to your ITB, hamstrings and glutes. 

Alex has been practicing yoga since she was seven and also runs, so she is sympathetic to the pains and strains of a life on the legs. She is an RTY 200 certified teacher trained in the school of therapeutic yoga.

Remember breaths should be coming in and out through your nose. If you are grunting and panting, stop, rethink and relax. The mantra is, “No over effort, do what feels good in your body!”

This sequence takes around 12 minutes but take your time and enjoy that Shivasana at the end. Oh yes, and it includes something called the Happy Baby pose...

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