Clinical Yoga for Runners

** WEEKLY CLINICAL YOGA SESSION Wednesday 6.00am-7.00am Front Runner Wembley **

First session always Free. Please email Bookings Essential

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice meaning union of the mind, body and spirit. It was developed in Northern India over 5000 years ago and follows an 8 limbed path of disciplines containing the steps towards obtaining ‘enlightenment’.

The 8 limbs are as follows:

  • Yama: social restraints
  • Niyama: personal observations, restraints or practices
  • Asana: Physical postures or practice for meditation and health
  • Pranayama: Working with the breath to move the life force/energy of the body
  • Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses from the external to the internal
  • Dharana: Forced concentration
  • Dhyana: state of meditation
  • Samadhi: where the individual merges into the infinite

Modern yoga has carried through the 8 limbed path and exists in many different styles, some are spiritually based but most tend to be focused on using the physical postures to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The way yoga is portrayed in modern society especially via social media avenues can often cause misconceptions such as needing to be flexible, female or spiritual to practice yoga.

In reality, Yoga is designed to be tailored to meet the specific needs of the practicing individual. Large classes with mixed ability levels can be problematic as it is hard to provide this individualised approach and in these situations the safety of yoga may be questionable. Clinical yoga as taught by health professionals is ideal in meeting the needs of the individual with smaller class sizes and teachers with a great understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and physiology, it provides a safe environment which is most likely to achieve desired health outcomes.

Yoga for runners is an excellent complimentary exercise to break up vigorous training schedules and allow for recovery and injury prevention by focusing on muscle lengthening, breathing techniques and mindfulness.

Many runners spend a great deal of time in a high state of energy and arousal of the nervous system. This is great for optimal running performance but it is also important to be able to bring this level of arousal down to allow for recovery both mentally and physically.

The combined effect of yoga postures, focused breathing and mindfulness help to support the body’s natural recovery systems. The physical postures promote increased flexibility of the muscles and joints, increased circulation and lymphatic drainage, maintenance of bone mineral density and improve balance which are all important for optimising running performance. Parasympathetic nervous system activation through focus on breath and mindfulness improves management of stress, coping with pain and promotes greater self awareness and self-care.

Yoga is the perfect compliment to any runner’s training regime and may also aid in injury prevention by helping restore muscle length, body symmetry and balance with core muscle activation to help improve stability and posture.

Front Runner Physio Sarah Greenwood runs a clinical yoga class 6am-7am every Wednesday morning at the our Lakeside Clinic in Wembley. Come and try your first class for FREE. Email or for more information or to book your free trial class!