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8 Common Yoga Mistakes and How to Fix Them

8 Common Yoga Mistakes and How to Fix Them

8 Common Yoga Mistakes and How to Fix Them

One of the reasons runners practice yoga is to prevent running injuries, so one thing to avoid at all costs is getting injured from yoga itself.

It’s very important when practicing yoga to learn how to do postures correctly and with proper form and alignment. Not only will proper form help you gain the maximum benefit from your practice, but misaligned poses can lead to injuries ranging from aching joints to pulled muscles.

“When you practice yoga on autopilot, not looking at your mistakes and working to correct them, your form and awareness suffer, reducing your practice’s benefit and increasing your risk of injury” – Kimberly Fowler, author of Flat Belly Yoga!

It can be overwhelming trying to master all of the intricacies that go along with each and every pose. No one starts out being good at yoga, it takes practice, and part of that practice is learning from mistakes.

Below are 8 great yoga poses for runners with tips on how to improve them and mistakes to avoid.

(Try these poses for yourself in our 3-day Yoga for Runners Challenge)

Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend

 

Downward Facing Dog

 

Low Lunge

 

Half Split Pose

Half Split Pose

 

Pidgeon Pose

Pidgeon Pose

 

Warrior 1 Pose

Warrior 1 Pose

Extended Triangle Pose

Extended Triangle Pose trikonasana

 

Wide Legged Forward Bend

Wide Legged Forward Bend
Photo credits: Martina Rando and Action Jacquelyn.

Try These Poses for Yourself

We are on a mission to help runners run faster with the help of yoga, so we’ve created a 3-day yoga for runners challenge. It is a free challenge that will help you breathe better while running, relieve tight hips and hamstrings, and recover quicker after runs. Only 10 minutes per day for 3 days and instructional videos are delivered to your inbox. If you haven’t joined this challenge yet, you can sign up here.