Hello Hip Huggers! Happy Labor Day and the Unofficial End of Summer!
labor workout this morning consisted of an old faithful 5k run and stretch.
Supta Virasana, or Reclined Hero Pose.
This asana is considered an intense stretch. I recline back from hero very sloooooow.
There are 3 reasons why I think this pose is ideal post run is:
First, it stretches my abs, quads, and hip flexors… all which are really tight after a hard run.
Also, reclined hero pose is a great stretch for the ankles, knees, and arches of the feet, if done gently and not forced.
Lastly, after all the work of our good ol’ spines holding us upright for that tough run,
this pose allows for lengthening of the vertebrae which get a compressed sometimes from poor form.
Just lying in this a minute or 2 helps me tremendously! I am careful to breath and let my body relax in it.
But, if you become uncomfortable at anytime or this stretch is a bit too intense,
I’d suggest maybe using bolsters, blankets, or pillows underneath your head, shoulders and/or your knees for relief.
Disclaimer: Though I am a yoga enthusiast, I am not a yoga teacher.
Please exercise caution when attempting any yoga pose, and always honor your body.
The views on this blog are mine alone, based on my own practice.
Please consult a certified yoga teacher for deeper guidance and help with any yoga practice you begin.
Eat BBQ, Run Happy, Lift Heavy, Stretch Daily, Hip Huggers!!
Question: How long do you stretch after a workout?