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Yoga for Runners in 15 Minutes: Sid McNairy’s Tips for Staying Flexible, Avoiding Injury  

August 7, 2012 By 

Last week I posted about the importance of yoga for runners, although I believe anyone, runner or not, should practice some form of yoga at least a few times each week. (More on this later!)

As a long distance runner, I know how difficult it can be to fit in yet another piece to a never ending workout schedule. I run in the early morning, before the kids wake for the day, which means I have to get up around 5.

I spend anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half right now running. I try to do some core work after each run along with some limited weight work. And then the kids are up and about, and it’s time to be mom, and to work on projects for work; add another component into an already hectic day? It seems impossible!

But, as I said last week, it’s not.

I can “s”-can the television for fifteen minutes each night, pull out my yoga mat and work on a few poses that will strengthen/lengthen my muscles while calming my mind.

Time and again we hear about the benefits of a yoga practice. We know yoga assists muscles in healing after hard workouts. We know yoga pushes blood into those muscles you work so hard. And we know yoga calms the mind and relaxes the body. All of this is important to runners. So while it may be tough to consider adding one more thing to an already full schedule, you should make time throughout the week to incorporate yoga into your life and your routine.

I promise you this: Once it becomes habit, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t been doing it before.

Last week when I interviewed Sid McNairy I asked him this:

If we have just fifteen minutes per day to fit in yoga, what should we focus on?

Sid says, “With only fifteen minutes, it is recommended that an individual moves through 7 minutes of Sun Salutations (Sun A and B),” to start.

What are Sun Salutations?  Read full article