Tag: yoga for running

Helen Clare stretching hip flexors post running

How to fix sore hip flexors

Ever had pain or irritation across the front of your hips when running? Or after running? This is the area of the hip flexors – made up of the iliopsoas, rectus femoris and sartorius muscles – that primarily act to lift the knee and thigh closer to the body. Pain in this area is a common one for runners – but we can almost always fix it! In this video I talk about the reasons why irritation here is so common, and what we can do to go about fixing it. We’ll cover a couple of yoga poses, and a running drill. Enjoy! After you’ve watched, let me know – do you get pain here?...

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Helen Clare combining yoga and running in 2020

2020 Running Goals!

It’s time to set your running goals for the new year and decade! It’s been proven that people who intentionally set goals are more likely to achieve the things they want – and those who actually write them down, increase their chances of success even more! So let’s dive into some possible goals that I’ve helped my students achieve in the past, and that you might be looking to achieve this year. Pens and journals at the ready, let’s get inspired! So here we go with 5 potential running goals that you might be inspired to take on for the year ahead! Run Injury and Pain Free This is the number...

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Helen coastal running

Glutes

Many runners know, or are told by their physical therapists to strengthen their glutes, as weakness here is often the cause to many issues and complaints. But, in my experience, most people aren’t really sure how to go about strengthening the glutes – and end up just clenching their butt! The glute max is the largest of the three glute muscles and it is our primary hip extensor, meaning it’s job is to draw the hip straight back. So strength here, plus flexibility in the hip flexors (see last week’s video!), is essential for good, proper, safe running form. In this video I show...

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Helen Clare running along an empty beach

How to Improve Posture: Yoga for Shoulders

Continuing on the theme from last week on improving posture in order to improve running form, let’s talk about the shoulders… Clearly, how our shoulders sit play a huge role in our overall posture: If we only focus on strengthening our torso but neglect to think about opening the chest and drawing the shoulders back, then we risk compromising our new found core strength because we are still hunching the upper body.

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