Natural running coach Helen Clare on the north Cornish coastal trail

Natural Running Technique

In this week’s post and video we look at natural running technique and 5 top tips to get started!

Natural running form is something we’re all born with but can lose over time, due to modern life habits, such as too much sitting (weak glutes and tight hips), or using super padded shoes (promoting heel striking and poor running form!).

With time, patience and practice it’s possible to recapture good running form, and learn to run with ease, pain free.

Starting a yoga practice to build strength in the core, glute power, all over body strength, mobility and flexibility is a massive part of natural or minimalist running, but here are my top 5 tips to get you started on this journey:

  1. Stand tall engaging the deeper abdominals when running
  2. Lean from the ankles not the waist
  3. Lift the heels up behind you – don’t try and stride out ahead!
  4. Speed up your cadence aiming for around 180 beats per minute
  5. Relax the arms with the elbows going back behind you

It will take practice and time, but the rewards for your running will be worth it! Watch this week’s video to see those tips in action ↓ and leave me a comment below!

I can’t wait to hear from you,


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Helen Clare

Helen Clare, founder of Helen Clare Yoga and Run Better with Yoga, is a trail runner, senior yoga teacher and yoga for athletes coach, living in Cornwall, UK.

Comments (2)

  • Hi Helen,
    As with probably 99.9% of runners, I started running in later life without any idea of technique. Seeing a progression from a fairly sedentary lifestyle to regular running was reward in itself but over time my technique (or lack of it) resulted in knee, plantar and hip issues. I’ve spent this year addressing this and yoga features strongly in my weekly routine alongside running and cross training. Still work to do but have seen a real reduction in knee pain and other benefits.
    Thanks for the videos and posts. They really help. Keep them coming!!

  • Hi Mark, yes it is such a common story! So glad that you, and more and more runners, are finding yoga to complement their training and gain the strength and mobility needed to run injury-free. Thank you so much for your post and feedback. Many more videos and posts to come!

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