YOGA AS A COMPLEMENT
Yoga is a fantastic complement for runners. It aids in developing muscular strength, flexibility, and balance, which can reduce the risk of injury, and it also helps you improve your mental focus and breathing efficiency for running. Whichever type of yoga you choose to add to your routine it's a great way to improve your performance and help you run stronger for miles.
YOGA FOR STRENGTH
On the strength side, yoga helps boost potential weak spots for runners such as the core, and muscles of the feet and ankles which absorb two to three times the body weight on every stride. Trail runners particularly benefit from yoga’s balancing postures as these improve proprioception which comes into its own on the uneven terrain of the trails.
YOGA FOR FLEXIBILITY
For runners who want to train for performance and supplement that with yoga, it’s good to weave in yoga classes that focus on flexibility and stability (Hatha-style classes) and recovery (Yin or Restorative Yoga) whereas Ashtanga is a great addition when building strength Yoga helps stretch out a runner's tight spots, speeding up recovery and restoring a natural range of motion.