Most runners agree that: stretching sucks. Yes, it is necessary and important. No, we don’t always do it because let’s face it, we feel amazing post-run. But, after coming down from that runner’s high in the middle of enjoying brunch (our fave meal ever) you begin to notice that your muscles feel tight and stiff. Why? Because you did not you did not stretch.
Personally, I suck at stretching on my own but thanks to practicing yoga, I make stretching a post-run priority. I’ve been a fan-girl of CorePower Yoga for almost eight years. There is just something about the high-intensity, heart beating, sweat dripping classes, that just make me say om. CorePower offers an intensely physical workout, rooted in the mindfulness of yoga.
Cortney and I originally started attending classes at CorePower because our dear friend Morgan was an instructor there. It didn’t matter if we went out the night before, Morgan would “force” us to join her in the morning. But that’s ok with us, because we liked it!
It was during these classes and other CorePower classes, that I began to see how yoga improved my performance on my runs. My hips and IT bands hurt less and I wasn’t as sore or stiff post-run. This stretching stuff was having a real (positive) impact on my body.
We’d love to go to yoga all day every day. But, because of that whole adulting thing we aren’t always able to make it to the studio. But not to worry! Kada O’Connor, studio manager at CorePower, was kind of enough to share some of the best yoga poses for runners that you can do at home or the office.
Thank you so much to CorePower for having us in and teaching us some moves!