I’m a yoga dummy. A self-proclaimed reluctant yogi. (If you’re reluctant, can you even be a yogi?) No matter! The important thing is that I've seen how yoga can improve my running and flexibility. I wouldn’t have said this six months ago…before meeting Erin Taylor, the Founder of JasYoga, Seattle’s local, custom-to-your-needs yoga service that works with everyone from newbies to hardcore athletes to everyone in between (like Oiselle HQ staff!)
What we've learned from Erin is simple yet powerful: there are a handful of stretches, that take less than 10 minutes total, that can radically improve your recovery and therefore your performance. What she tells us in our sessions is “recovery is where you truly realize the gains of the hard work…” and after taking her classes, I am a true believer. I’ve seen such a big difference in my flexibility, and also in the reduction of aches and pains common among runners (hamstrings, hip flexors, calves, etc.)
Here are three of Erin's best stretches for runners. Pinwheel, Hammy Time (okay, I named that one) and Legs Up the Wall. The nice part is the simplicity. Because I’ve found that “keep it simple, stupid” is still the best way to make new habits stick.