I know that many fellow bloggers rock their runs AND their yoga poses. Christine from Live Love Surf rocks the running scene as well as posts the most amazing photos on her Instagram page as she bends her body into the most unique ways!
Angela hits paces I hope to see on my Garmin one day and still finds time to bend and balance in her yoga poses.
Seeing so many runners using yoga along with their running got me looking even further (clearly I need a lot of convincing that bending and stretching were good for running). Runner's World boasts about how yoga can help to improve your flexibility, ease pain, and reduce stress. Reading further I found out that the fabulous Lauren Fleshman began practicing yoga after she broke her foot. The strength she gains from holding poses can be equated for her to a long run or tempo run. Runner's World went on to say that the strength and flexibility you gain from holding poses not only strengthens your lower half but can help you to run more efficiently leading to better times! Yatzee!! Tell me that I can get faster AND reduce my stress and I'm in!! Now I know this isn't automatic but it is enough for me to continue to work it into my weekly fitness plans in order to balance off my running!
GaiamTV is a great source of various yoga videos that you can try out in your very own home...or bring with you wherever you go! I found some really great ones that address yoga for runners. One even is focused on recovery after a run...maybe one I can get the girls to do with me!!