Collie is a Yoga Teacher & Yoga for Sports Specialist, in our latest interview he explains how & why Yoga is great for Runners or aspiring Runners: 

  • What are the benefits of Yoga for Runners?

Yoga has so many benefits besides improving flexibility, you can strengthen your body, build endurance, increase your cardiovascular health through breath-work and help to improve your lung capacity for running. When we run certain muscles will be short and tighter so it’s important to lengthen them back out so you don’t suffer with tight muscles and restricted movement post-run. Yoga is a great tool to help support the body and lengthen the muscles, helping to prepare your body for the next time you run. 

Collie also describes a ‘golden current running through his body and it feels like flying’ when he runs – which sounds pretty appealing to us! 

  • In what ways does Yoga help prevent injury & are there any specific poses?

Yoga can help to improve your general awareness levels and help you be more in tune with your body, bringing more mindfulness into your run to help avoid injuries. There are also a lot of Yoga poses that help to prevent injuries by preparing the body for running, avoiding common running injuries like ITB and knee problems, Achilles tendonitis,  shin splints, ankle problems etc. such as: 

  • Downward Dog
  • Standing Forward Fold 
  • Half Splits 
  • Pigeon & reclining pigeon 

Both Running and Yoga can help to improve your mental health and improve mental clarity, reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress whilst boosting your mood. Movement is hugely beneficial for our holistic wellbeing: Yoga helps to soothe the nervous system and calm the body & mind, the perfect complimentary practice to running, which helps to raise our heart rates, release endorphins, and improve lung health. 

  • In what ways does Yoga aid recovery & are there any specific poses?

Yoga helps to lengthen the muscles post-run and can also regulate the nervous system and ease any muscle tension or tightness. The go-to poses that Collie does straight after running to help stretch out are: 

  • Camel Pose 
  • Dancer Pose
  • Three-Legged Dog 
  • Yoga Squat 
  • Pigeon & reclining pigeon 
  • Downward Dog or a shortened Downward Dog 
  • Reclining Hero or Butterfly 

  • What advice would you give someone who is totally new to running and wants to start?

Start slow and begin with a walk, easing into a light jog for 5-10 mins and slowly build your running up. Often if you go too hard and fast or if you sign up for a half marathon or marathon, you might tend to skip the shorter sessions or the warm-ups, and that’s when injuries occur. Start slowly to make it a sustainable habit rather than jumping in headfirst and hurting yourself! 

Having a training regime can also help but remember to try not to put too much pressure on yourself and to mix things up to keep it interesting. Avoid too much repetition, try different routes and try longer and shorter distances. If you get into running and you really love it then Collie advises mixing it up with Yoga or things like pilates or swimming. 

Don’t forget about good nutrition and a healthy sleep routine too, it’s important to approach things holistically…aka. don’t have a massive fry up before you go for a run! Collie suggests a hefty beetroot carb-heavy meal the night before a run is best & to make sure you stay hydrated.   

  • What advice would you give someone who runs but is new to yoga and wants to start?

There are so many different styles of Yoga & teaching that it can be a bit daunting – Collie advises trying out different styles and teachers to find one you enjoy. The bendy golden Instagram image of Yoga can be intimidating so trying on-demand classes or live classes from the comfort of home can be a great place to start and can easily fit around your schedule. 


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Watch the full interview on MoreYoga YouTube: https://youtu.be/WCPCkcdF1nc


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About Liz Joy Oakley

Liz Joy Oakley is Head of Vibes at MoreYoga and teaches Yoga & Meditation specializing in Yoga for Anxiety. Liz came to Yoga after being diagnosed with Malignant Hypertension and Generalized Anxiety and left the Fashion Industry to work in Wellness and help others to lead healthier lives holistically.

Liz is passionate about helping people achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle and aims to cultivate joy through her work. She now works in London facilitating workshops and events based around yoga, meditation, improving mental health, happiness, nutrition and wellbeing.

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