Understand the yoga wheel benefits for runners, and try these yoga wheel poses to get an even deeper stretch. Check out the pose guide, review and GIVEAWAY for the YogDev Yoga Wheel! Then link up with Running Coaches Corner for more great posts!
The Yoga Wheel for Runners
This post is sponsored by YogDev. I was also provided with a YogDev Yoga Wheel for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
When I first heard about the yoga wheel, I thought, “Ok, that’s cool, but how does it apply to me? I am a runner, and I do yoga just fine. Aren’t yoga wheels for those that need major modifications or are REALLY good at yoga? I mean, I adore yoga, as you all know, but I am not as much of a yogi as I used to be (remember the summer of hot yoga?).”
Ok, so I got into a bit of a conversation with myself. Don’t act like you don’t.
Then I looked into the yoga wheel poses, and I realized how many of them would be so beneficial for runners. I knew that these would be excellent for myself and my clients.
Yoga Wheel Benefits for Runners
Balance and Stability The yoga wheel is dynamic and forces you to work in your poses, but the yoga wheel also offers a chance for stability as a prop in certain poses. This allows you to work up to hands-free poses (like standing bow/dancer), which improve the stability and proprioception (awareness) in your ankles and feet.
Alignment and Symmetry The yoga wheel is not built for 2 feet to be on it at the same time. Consequently, as you practice your poses on either side, you will be able to determine asymmetry and imbalances on either side of your body and work towards correcting them. Remember my unilateral core and glute exercises for runners?
Hidden Core Work Introducing instability, getting further into poses, working on either side of your body, and the dynamic nature of the wheel means that your core is always in action. No rest for the wicked!
Enhanced Stretches The yoga wheel bypasses our mental blocks and helps us relax and gently roll forward (or backward) into poses.
Of course, there are a myriad of other benefits offered by the yoga wheel (from spinal alignment during backbends to inversion assistance), but these are the benefits that I think most interest runners. So, how do we achieve those benefits and use the yoga wheel? Try out these yoga wheel poses that stretch and develop your running body (and are accessible for those who are regular practitioners of yoga as well as those who haven’t dabbled all the much).Runners, do you have tight hamstrings? You need to try this! @yogdevyoga #runchat #ad Click To Tweet
Effective Yoga Wheel Poses for Runners
I am not a yoga teacher, and these poses are examples and should not be taken as a yoga sequence.
The following poses focus on the hips, hamstrings, quads, core, and lower leg stabilizers, with dash of chest openers. Aka, all the things that you need for running!
Seated Forward Fold
Forward Lunge with Yoga Wheel Hooked on Back Foot (Video Tutorial)
Forward Lunge with Foot On Wheel (Video Tutorial)
Hamstring Stretch (Video Tutorial)
King Cobra (Deep Hip and Quad Opener)
Sugarcane Pose (Major Hip Opener)
YogDev Yoga Wheel Review (and Giveaway!)
The YogDev Yoga Wheel is 5 in wide with a 12 in diameter and 6 mm of nonslip padding (think of a medium thick yoga mat). Strong (up to 300lb capacity) but lightweight, this wheel is perfect for anyone and everyone. Designed for Dharma yoga style back and wheel poses, the YogDev yoga wheel is versatile and goes far beyond!
Because I think the YogDev yoga wheel is so great, and I want everyone to try these yoga wheel poses, YogDev is giving me a wheel to give away to a lucky reader! US only, ends Dec 7 at Midnight
I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner, Patty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.