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AboutErica Bornstein is a yoga teacher, dancer, and lover of all movement. Erica believes that yoga can be an embodied art form, a stimulated workout, a lifestyle, a tool for therapeutic relaxation, or a form of spirituality. Overall, yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the mind and body and the willingness to cherish your own breath. Erica also believes that you only live once and you shouldn't torture yourself with workouts you don't enjoy!
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Here in Boston, the weather is perking up and the sidewalks are alive with runners. I will admit myself that I am a "fair weather fan" of running. Something about running the Charles River in the springtime is a bit nicer than dodging ice and puddles in the winter.
That being said, running can lead to soreness and injuries, especially if your body isn't used to hitting the pavement. But practicing yoga after your workouts can remedy that. By increasing blood and oxygen flow to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, yoga boosts flexibility, reduces soreness, and speeds recovery.
Right after your run, try this quick sequence.
1. Ragdoll, standing forward fold (Uttanasana):
Benefit: Stretches the hamstrings and straightens the spine.
Start standing up straight. Inhale and take your hands to your hips as you step your feet hip-width apart. Exhale, and fold forward. If you can straighten your legs in this pose, grasp each elbow with the opposite hand. If you can't straighten your legs or need more support, place your hands on a block (or books if you donít have a yoga block). Allow your head to hang down limply, hence, ragdoll, as you straighten your spine.
*Keep your knees slightly bent if your hamstrings are tight. If you straighten your legs, take care not to lock your knees. For a deeper stretch, engage the quadriceps by lifting up on your kneecap.
2. Pyramid (Parsvottanasana)
Benefits: Stretches ... Continue
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