Many yoga poses strengthen your hamstrings and quads—muscles that do a lot of work while you run. Downward Dog, Triangle Pose and Half Splits are just a few classic yoga poses that activate your hamstrings. When it comes to your quads, Crescent Lunge, Pigeon Pose and Dancer (among others) help to stretch and strengthen the area. Strengthening your leg muscles will not only add power to your running stride, but it will also help protect your joints. Muscular imbalance and tightness can cause strain on joints (like your knees) that already work overtime when you run.
Why developing muscle strength through yoga is great for your running:
- You’ll be able to run for longer periods without getting over tired.
- You’ll prevent joint strain and injury.
- Your run stride will be more powerful and balanced.