One of my biggest blessings and pleasures in life is teaching Yoga for Runners. I have immense passion and love for the sport, and utmost respect for everyone who runs. But I also know how much running can beat up someone’s body, and how much wear and tear runners suffer. I myself have been through a series of injuries that were physically debilitating, completely deflated my spirit, and left me sidelined for months. So my goal as a teacher is to help my runners find their ease of movement both on the mat and on the road.
Many runners complain of tight achy hips and want big stretches. What often ends up happening is that their hips feel even tighter the day after. In my experience, this tightness is often caused by imbalances in the hip girdle and/or weakness in the glutes.
My approach is to correct the imbalances on the mat by stretching opposite muscle groups equally: if you do Pigeon pose to stretch the tensor latae fasciae and the illiotibial band (outer hip) you should balance it with Frog pose to stretch the opposing adductor muscle group (inner thigh).
Strengthening the hip girdle sometimes can be as easy as a quick dynamic warm-up and activating the right muscle groups before you head out for your run. I use a quick Myrtle routine before all my runs, which incorporates both strengthening and mobility we need for happy running.