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Yoga Poses for Runners

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Updated February 28, 2014

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Downward-facing Dog Pose
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Downward-facing Dog Pose

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Yoga is an excellent way for runners to improve their flexibility and strength, and many runners find it to be a soothing, stress-relieving cross-training activity. Post-run is a great time to do these beneficial yoga poses.

Downward-facing dog is a standard yoga pose that's great for tight hamstrings, calves, glutes, and shoulders. Here's what to do:

1. Start on your hands and knees with your wrists underneath your shoulders. Separate your knees hip-width apart.

2. Pushing into your palms, lift your hips into the air.

3. At first, keep your knees bent and heels lifted off the floor. Slowly start to straighten your knees -- but don't lock them -- and lower your heels.

4. Shift your hips backward until your body looks like an upside-down "V." Relax your head between your arms. Hold for five breaths.

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