Running from or running TO Fixed Firm Posture

So., it is Spring in Vermont and I just can't stand it - I have to get out and run. Ripping off the layers of Winter coats and wool sox - 75* in May are you kidding!? I could run forever and I know many of you feel the same way - or maybe run year round because you can ..but  then there is the morning and I am afraid I .. have .. to stop. Well good news runners - WE HAVE YOGA - so we don't have to stop!!! I CAN DO BOTH - so I CAN do both! SO,

GET INTO YOGA, YUP - so you can continue to RUN!

It is not surprising that after intense running, especially interval training you will start to feel tightness around your knees, ankles etc. Running involves repeated contraction of specific muscles. This can leave the muscle fiber shorter in length than normal and as a result, a feeling of tightness. There is also the impact of running and weight bearing on specific joints and the knees take a great deal of this pressures. All this, if not reversed, can lead to tightness and soreness.

All of the Bikram Yoga Series (but especially) Fixed firm is a posture that works specifically with stretching out your knees, ankles and quads to begin {SO YOU CAN KEEP RUNNING!}. BONUS, once they can stretch enough, the postures will allow you to stretch out your spine and reinforce the ‘s’ curve shape in the spine – which further helps to alleviate the pressure on the spine caused by the impact of running.


LOOKS ADVANCED... the class seems hard?... but Bikram Yoga is a BEGINNING YOGA CLASS,  this posture ( and all of the 26 postures)  can be done in stages and every day you try you really only ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO YOUR BEST... and out of that you will FEEL FANTASTIC. The first stage OF THIS KNEE SAVING POSTURE { which is well into the class so you are warmed up and ready for it!}  is to kneel down with the feet either side of the legs pointing directly backwards. For some people, this is incredibly tough. If you feel the tension too much on your knees or ankles, you can lean a little forward with your hands on the floor in front of you and that will take a little pressure off the knees and ankles and into your hands. As your knees start to open more and more, you will be able to sit more upright with your bottom touching the floor between the feet and the feet alongside the legs – top of the feet flat on the floor. You can open your knees as much as you need to but as your flexibility improves, you will be able to bring your knees closer together eventually touching.

When your bottom is on the floor, that is your indication that you are ready to go onto the next stage of the posture of leaning back onto your elbows. Eventually with your upper body on the floor, arms stretched over your head grabbing opposite elbows and your chin down back of the head on the floor.

Stretching these areas is the process we use to restore muscles to their resting length and will realign muscle fibers too. Without this, we run the risk of permanent shortening and that can affect the functioning of joints and muscles ( and our morning jog!). Doing these postures regularly will help {us} runners maintain the range of motion in the joints and will prevent tightness and imbalances between muscles groups.

I am a recreational runner, but I love it... I run approximately 5-10 miles per week { when there isn't snow on the ground lol!} BUT IS MY CONSTANT TOTAL BODY WORK OUT that allows me to enjoy running and be injury free no matter what activity I do outside the hot room!  TRY IT, BIKRAM I mean. I find that even after a long day of walking, sitting at my desk, gardening my joints ALWAYS feel better after a good hot class!

Liz CotterComment