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Yoga for Runners

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Yoga for Runners is a practice specially designed for runners who would like to strengthen as well as increase flexibility in the muscles and joints they use for running. Runners face a unique set of challenges, from runner's knee to flat feet to plantar fasciitis. I understand that. When I first began running, I struggled with several painful issues. Yoga helped me to heal and strengthen my body, and has helped me to prevent further injury. The poses in this DVD can help to improve strength in your knees, legs, thighs, calves, and ankles. This will enable you to have greater power and strength in your muscles while running. The poses will also stretch and tone your hamstrings, arches, and legs, making you less likely to injure yourself.

This DVD is divided into 3 parts: A warm up section, the main practice, and a cool down section. You may do the warm up either before running, or before completing the rest of the practice. If you choose to go running after the warm up, you can simply skip ahead to the cool down section when you get back.

Runners like a challenge, so there are a few poses in this practice which you may find challenging, particularly if yoga is new to you. Do not be discouraged by the challenge, but, at the same time, do not force yourself beyond what you are ready to do. Listen to your body. It knows what it is ready for. Give yourself time, and modify the poses as necessary. You may wish to have a yoga strap or a hand towel nearby, as well as a chair and a yoga block or other sturdy item. Be sure to practice on a mat for stability.

Thank you for choosing this DVD. Enjoy your practice, and I sincerely hope it will help your running experience, as it has helped mine.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ann Richmond
  • Directors: Matthew Richmond
  • Writers: Ann Richmond
  • Producers: Matthew Richmond
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: MommYoga Productions
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IYDRF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Grace on July 29, 2009
Length: 2:02 Mins
I LOVE this DVD! I have been a big fan of the MommYoga series, and this one is probably one of my favorites, as well as Yoga for Yourself. I am fairly new to running, and I have experienced a lot of pain and re-starts. Already, I can feel this DVD helping me tremendously. The pain in my heels is rapidly diminishing. My knees are feeling much stronger and better, and my hamstrings are not nearly so tight. It has been completely worth it to me to buy this DVD.

This DVD has three parts: a warm-up, the main practice, and a cool down. The warm up is 15 minutes long (which I love, because it helps me actually stretch for long enough that I don't injure myself or pull anything while running), and the cool down is 10 minutes.

What I have done is use the warm up and cool down on the days that I run, and I do the entire DVD (about 1 hour) on my days off. It's been perfect for me, because that's about the amount of time I spend on running anyway. I am really happy with the results! I highly recommend this DVD!

(A couple of side notes:
1) I have done yoga for a while, and I enjoyed the flow of the poses. They were just challenging enough to be enjoyable, but not overkill. They were just the right level for me. I can see some of them possibly being a bit more difficult for someone who is newer to yoga, but with the instructor's pleasant and gentle encouragement and instruction, I can see new and old yogis alike really enjoying this sequence!
2) I got this video clip from her website.)
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Yoga Addict on April 25, 2010
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I have been teaching yoga for a few years and recently started to teach at a running club. I decided to purchase a few dvds tailored to runners to expand my knowledge in this area. The students in my class have none or little yoga experience and are very stiff. I was less than satisfied with this dvd. While I appreciate Ann's reference to the benefits of specific poses, in some cases the information was simply wrong - for example, the back muscles do not stretch in backbends, they contract. Unfortunately such an error put the dvd content, and expertise of the instructor, into question for me. In some cases the instructor demonstrated poses that many people, runner or not, would have difficulty with and offered unsatisfactory modifications, with words rather than visual. In the forward bends the action simply rounded the back and caved in the chest, which is typically the opposite of what a forward bend should be. There should have been more attention to form by the instructor and it would have been helpful to have the modifications demonstrated, either by the instructors or with another participant in the dvd. While having the mountains in the background created an interesting effect, having the yoga mat on the grass caused the yoga mat to buckle, which creates a less than ideal surface for practicing. Further, the surface was on a slant which was troubling to watch and would make for a less than balancing yoga practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on August 12, 2010
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I received this DVD as a Christmas present last year, and had no idea how useful it would ultimately become after I was diagnosed with a pelvic stress fracture...likely caused to the total omission of any kind of stretching from my running program. After six months, I feel great...and I truly believe this DVD can take a lot of the credit!

Back then, I was a yoga newbie - but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to do the poses (with some modifications, if need be) and get the desired benefits. Ann isn't joking when she says that eventually you'll be able to get into some of the more complicated poses...I'm getting there, but it does take time. "Be patient with yourself, your body knows what it is ready to do". Indeed!

I have a few other yoga/pilates DVDs which move SO fast and are SO confusing and because of that, they sit in a cabinet...unused. I use this DVD every time I go for a run (the warm-up and cool-down sections), and twice a week I do the entire program. I love it. I've been particularly attuned to noticing that the parts that should be stretched are actually being stretched...which does help with form.

Like others have mentioned, there's nothing quite as jarring as being blown out of relaxation pose at the end by earnest pleas to help women in the Congo, and that we should all be grateful for what we have. I just now know to have the remote control nearby towards the end of the program. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bigdawggi on May 17, 2010
A friend of mine was really struggling with back pain, and a yoga instructor recommended this dvd to him as a means to help. Many of the poses that stretch the muscles used for running (hamstrings, etc.) can help with back pain. If the hamstrings and calves are too tight, they can pull on the back muscles and really cause pain. The dvd helped him a great deal. Each pose is described in detail, with the muscles and joints that get stretched and strengthened.

Also, upon exploring this DVD, I am not quite sure about some of the less positive reviews. I guess it shows there is a yoga for everyone. A back actually should not be completely straight in forward bends. It is unsafe, and should have some rounding. It is true that if completely rounded, it could cause injury to the spinal discs. But if completely flat, it could cause torn hamstring tendons, among other problems. A combination of the two is the safest option, according to R. Cole, PHD (YJ, Sept. 2009). It appeared to me that the instructor demonstrated this in her form. Also, many many people, myself included, enjoy an outdoor practice. I enjoyed the outdoor scenery. Yes, your mat may not be as flat as it would be in a studio, but that is part of the challenge and the excitement...adapting and finding the energy around you that comes from being out in the elements as you practice. I found that an invigorating feature of the dvd.

Also, I found that the instructor clearly described and demonstrated alternatives to tricky poses. She cuts out from the normal pose to show her using a block or a strap to modify. I felt that the instruction was clear. There can never be a guarantee that each pose is suitable for every person, whether in a class or on a dvd.
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