Yoga for Runners: How Yoga can be a crucial part of your training

Lucy Aston, Founder of YOGADOO

I don't know about you... but I am a woman of a certain age (40ish) and I need a darn good stretch after I have exercised otherwise I know about it! So, as I have just signed up to run the Bath Half Marathon for the fourth time, as well dusting off my running training plan, I'll also be building a post-run Yoga practice into my regime.

For me running and Yoga have always gone hand in hand. In fact I can't keep up a running training plan without a regular Yoga practice. The stretches are essential to lengthen and strengthen my muscles and - oh my god - my Hamstrings!

So with that in mind, as this is the first year I have run a Half marathon since setting up YOGADOO and as a qualified Yoga teacher, I have decided to set up two weekly Yoga classes especially for people who run regularly. It's a six week run of classes and the Yoga sequences have been devised specifically to work on developing muscular strength, flexibility and balance which can help reduce the risk of injury as we train.

Runners bring with them their own collection of physical peculiarities; tight hamstrings, gluts and shoulders and so on. Yoga can be the perfect remedy to unlock that tightness and lengthen and stretch out those muscles. As well as giving you time to work on some all important breathing exercises.

The evening class runs Wednesday evenings 7:30pm-8:30pm starting Wednesday 28th September, at Genesis Gym on Station Road in Bath. Booking is essential as there are only six places each week to enable Lucy to get around each person to align and adjust postures where necessary. Beginners are welcome. For more info/to book the evening class at Genesis Gym, click here.

The daytime course runs 11am-noon at Rush Hill Surgery. Limited to eight places. You can book here

The classes will be taught in the Vinyasa flow style of Yoga, which is low impact and the sequences will be chosen specifically to help those people who run regularly.