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Namaste Yoga

Enter and exit with Namaste yoga.

Namaste is a greeting that is usually shared among students and the yoga teacher at the beginning and completion of each yoga class. It is a very special greeting which is literally saying – bow (nama) – I (as) – you (te), or in ordinary English “I bow to you.”

The “you” that’s given reverence in this greeting is not what is seen on the surface. If you, for example, happen to be a much appreciated and talented Chef de Cuisine of a popular and high-end restaurant, the yoga instructor is not being reverential to you, in your role as an accomplished Chef.

Your occupation has nothing to do with the reverence being given. Neither is the instructor being reverential to you, based on your gender. Saying Namaste has no bearing on whether you are male or female. It also has no connection to your age, whether you are a teenager, a young adult, or a senior citizen.

In other words, when a fellow yoga student or a yoga master says “Namaste” to you, human-erected and defined social-economic and cultural barriers are bypassed. It is the integral you, the inner you, the real you which is being greeted with pure respect.

Connecting with the Divine

It is amazing how such a simple phrase communicates a profound sense of respect for one another, a connection that emanates from what is acknowledged as the Divine Spark of Life. Again, if this sounds a little too metaphysical for your taste, you need to remember at this point that yoga is an ordinary fitness tool. It is not simply concerned with your physical health and well-being.

As this guide has described in various articles, yoga, particularly Hatha Yoga, is all about achieving a balance between mind, body, and spirit through workouts that incorporate meditation, breathing, and poses.

The underlying principles are simple and clear:

  1. When your mind does not function well, your body and spirit are affected and as a result, they also will not function well.
  2. When your body has ailments or injuries, it brings pressure on the mind and can cripple the spirit.
  3. When your spirit or true inner self is troubled, your mind gets cluttered and your thought processes become awry, and as a result, the welfare of your body could become neglected.

Namaste yoga, which is an offshoot of Hatha Vinyasa yoga, seeks to address the imbalance, initially through the greeting of “I bow to you” which immediately negates the ego of either the student or teacher from sowing discord in the yoga class.

Namaste Yoga – Hands to the Heart

The typical Namaste pose involves putting the palms together, in front of where the heart is approximately located. The eyes are closed and a short bow is done. Another way is to assume again the praying position of the hands, and raise to the center of the forehead, where your “third eye” is supposed to be located, then gently moved to the heart before bowing. In Hindu belief, the third eye is the invisible sense organ that allows you to see or perceive things that are hidden from ordinary or normal vision.

Namaste Yoga for Energy Flow

The Namaste greeting figuratively clears the air before each yoga session. The greetings helps to lay the foundation for the release of positive energy. After the Namaste greeting, various Sun Salutation poses can be done. Check out the videos for more details and demonstrations about these salutation poses.

Closing the Session in Peace with Namaste Yoga

After the yoga class, it is customary to once again go through the Namaste greeting. Only, this time, instead of a welcoming sort of gesture, it is now a kind of grateful blessing conferred on you.

Saying and performing Namaste at the end of a yoga class is believed to heighten the levels of calmness, mental keenness, and physical well-being that were developed through the exercise of yoga posing. Be sure to grab access to the Namaste pose video as well as the other 69 Hatha Yoga videos when you subscribe to the the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter and start enjoying fitness the Hatha Yoga way. Lastly, we’ll wrap up this guide helping you to get started achieving your Hatha Yoga fitness goals in the final chapter.

Happy Baby Pose

Experience the relaxation of the happy baby pose.

In the section titled Sampling Yoga Workouts for Fun, we briefly discussed the Hatha Yoga Happy Baby Pose and revealed how this yoga posture can actually make a yogi feel a contented baby’s sensations.

For a Content and Relaxed Existence

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Happy Baby Pose, or Ananda Balasana in Sanskrit (ananda = bliss, extreme happinness, bala = baby, asana = pose) to remind us as we perform it, that simple delights can be sufficient in giving us a relaxed and contented existence.

The Happy Baby Pose Sample:

Lie on your back and hug your knees right into your chest, imitating a very happy baby. This position should be familiar to anyone who has kids. Separate your knees and have each ankle straight over its respective knee, your shins should be perpendicular to the floor. Flex feet and hold on to them outside as you draw your knees downward. Roll from side to side from your sacrum and see if it feels good, but please, resist the urge to put your toes in your mouth (not that a few have attempted to do so, but the “happy baby” feeling that arose was just too good to pass up). After five breaths, stretch your legs and you’re good with your sample yoga workouts.

Qualities of the Happy Baby Pose

The Happy Baby Pose clearly assumes the body contours of a baby at play, amusing itself and finding contentment on its own volition.

Adults can often be complicated, difficult to understand and hard-pressed in giving understanding to others. A baby in contrast does not have the complexities associated with a grown-up. A baby does not mind if it does not have a brand new car as the neighbors do, a baby does not care if others are prettier, stronger, or wealthier than him or her.

In other words, a baby can appreciate simple joys of life. The Happy Baby Pose personifies such contentment and transfers it to you, the yoga practitioner.

Here’s a Video Demonstration of the Happy Baby Pose

Benefits of the Happy Baby Pose

  • Mental – this yoga pose soothes the mind, removing thoughts of despair and mental fatigue.
  • Physical – this yoga pose is ideal for stretching the spine and inner groins, inducing an overall feeling of relaxation. “Happy hormones” such as endorphins (pain blocker), and the neurotransmitter serotonin which is responsible for making you feel relaxed and content, are released within the body through reiterations of the pose.
  • Spiritual – this yoga pose aids in giving you a sense of deep contentment, making you less aggressive towards yourself and others.

Safety Alert

The Happy Baby Pose should not be attempted by pregnant women and those with spinal or neck injuries.

With the Happy Baby pose, you too can learn to better appreciate the simple joys that life has to offer and you have access to another 69 yoga poses when you subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Next, will do a short review of “Shavashana Yoga” and attempt to open up a world of possibilities.

Hatha Yoga Pigeon Pose

In yoga, the pigeon pose is one that can increase your self awareness.

Humans have been blessed with a highly self-aware nature, a characteristic that makes itself apparent even from a very young age. One proof of this is the way small children (and in some cases, even babies) are able to recognize themselves when they are shown their reflection in a mirror.

This kind of self-awareness is not present in most other species. However, scientific tests that were run under strict monitoring conditions have established that it is possible to develop self-awareness among certain animals through training. Pigeons are included in this group.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Pigeon Pose, which is derived from the One Legged King Pigeon Pose, a relatively difficult pose to perform, which is why practitioners have made a more basic pose adjusted for beginners, thus the Pigeon Pose was born.

The One Legged King Pigeon Pose in Sanskrit is Eka Pada Rajakapotasan (eka = one, pada = leg or foot, raja = king, kapota = pigeon, and asana = pose)

Qualities of the Pigeon Pose

The Pigeon Pose, a hip opener, also targets multiple areas of the body including the back, the legs and the hips to attain flexibility. Hip openers can be very rewarding for beginners as they help you regain hip flexibility that had been lost due to stress and prolonged hours of sitting.

Demonstration of the Pigeon Pose

Benefits of the Pigeon Pose

  • Mental – increased intellectual acuity is one of the expected benefits that come with regularly practicing this pose, because of the high degree of focus required to maintain the position.
  • Physical – this pose can develop improve or regain hip and thigh flexibility, an increase in hip flexors, and, effectively stretch the back in preparation for other back bending postures. Modified versions of the pigeon pose can help build chest and shoulder flexibility. The pose may also relieve back pain.
  • Spiritual – this pose is believed to highlight the cultivation of self-assurance and self-awareness.

The Pigeon Pose is only one of the many Hatha Yoga poses that have meanings stemming from animals and the rest of nature. Once you are successfully able to execute the pigeon pose, you are well on your way to doing other challenging yoga poses.

Try, perform and succeed. The more poses that you are able to execute properly, the more confident and relaxed you will be as you go on with your yoga fitness routines. Remember that each person is different from one another; you can modify the poses that you find difficult and adjust them to your level of comfort, provided that you keep to the basic demonstration for doing the pose.

Safety Alert

Performing hip openers like you do in this pose can be tricky and if you’re not careful, can cause injuries and muscle tears such as:

  1. Muscle tearing
  2. Sacroiliac issues
  3. Knee injury

To demonstration videos can help you understand how the pose is done but only you, with your doctors approval, can know what your personal limitations are. You will want to achieve and maintain proper form while performing the Pigeon Pose.

It’s a good idea to have experience with some of the simpler postures found on the Hatha Yoga video set. You get those by subscribing to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Next, we’ll explore doing the “Bridge Pose” and cross beyond those self imposed boundaries.

Camel Pose

If you want to develop resilency, start doing the camel pose.

Ah! The camel! A beast of burden from ancient times that is renowned for its ability to manage everything nicely even in the midst of adverse living conditions. Exposed to extremes in temperature in its natural habitats, camels are uniquely endowed by nature with admirable coping mechanisms.

Its gangly but sturdy legs are extremely useful for long-range walking and running. Its hump is ideal for storing fatty tissues from which the camel can get much needed energy in times of want or famine. Its disposition is gentle, and contrary to popular belief, the camel as a beast of burden is highly resilient, accepting the loads it is required to bear, as a natural part of its existence.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Camel Pose, or Ustrasana in Sanskrit (ustra = camel, asana = pose) to open ourselves to the valuable characteristics of protectiveness, versatility, and resiliency.

Qualities of the Camel Pose

The camel is an animal that is suffused with humility. It does not balk at responsibility and does its best to cope with hostile surroundings instead of whining. These qualities can easily be discerned in the details of the Camel Pose which features a back-bend that is not quite that easy to achieve and hold, unless some degree of flexibility both of the body and the mind has already been experienced through other Hatha Yoga poses.

The Camel Pose is absolutely fitted for complete opening of the chest and upper spine, which frees your neck for gentle movements.

Demonstration of the Camel Pose

Benefits of the Camel Pose

  • Mental – this pose requires belief in one’s abilities to cope with challenges. That makes the pose ideal for developing a mindset whose foundation lies in a healthy self-confidence.
  • Physical – this pose has curative applications for medical conditions such as menstrual discomfort, fatigue, slight pains in the back, respiratory problems, and anxiety issues.
  • Spiritual – a dedicated practice of this pose contributes to the uplifting of the spirit, because challenging and even adverse situations are seen less as insurmountable and depressing obstacles, but more as opportunities to explore how best to cope, with full humility and patience.

Safety Alert

The Camel Pose is not recommended for anyone with knee injuries. Also, be extra careful when doing back-bend postures such as that of a Camel Pose to avoid causing painful trauma to the neck muscles, or pinching the nerves in the neck.

Before practicing the Camel Pose it’s important that you already have experience doing other Hatha Yoga poses such as the ones you’ll find on video when you subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. In the following article we’ll cover the “Pigeon Pose”, yet another more complex yoga pose.

Hatha Yoga Dancer Pose

Taking on the dancer pose is a great addition to your yoga exercise workouts.

Think of dancers, and the predominant idea that will enter your mind is one of artistic grace. Dancers the world over are respected and appreciated not only for their command of their craft, but for the delicate beauty of their movements that can communicate a wealth of deeply varied emotions.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Dancer Pose, also known as Lord of the Dance Pose or Natarajasana in Sanskrit (nata = dancer or actor, raja = king, asana = pose).

The “king” in the Sanskrit name refers to Shiva, one of the Hindu deities, known to be their supreme god. Shiva is linked to Hatha Yoga, and is also known to be a “cosmic dancer” in one of his forms. This form is in keeping with much of Hindu culture that incorporates a lot of celebratory dancing in daily life.

Qualities of the Dancer Pose

Fittingly for the purposes of Hatha Yoga as a fitness discipline, the Dancer Pose is unique in the sense that it develops and focuses not only on the external part of the body such as the limbs (which is typical for most the of the other poses done under Hatha Yoga), but also on the internal organs, most notably the kidney and the lungs.

Demonstration of the Dancer Pose

Benefits of the Dancer Pose

  • Mental – this pose, with its subtle effect on using graceful strength as a means of conditioning the body, also conditions the mind to be calm and gentle in making decisions.
  • Physical – parts of the human anatomy that receive focus from this pose include the Shoulders, Spine, Chest, Pelvis, Knees and Ankles, strengthening them, and stretching the Groins, Thighs, and Abdomen.
  • Spiritual – as is appropriate with real life dancing, the pose develops physical balance, which in turn, leads to a more poised disposition.

Safety Alert

This pose is not recommended for yoga practitioners who have low blood pressure.

Besides the physical benefits of strength, the Dancers Pose offers you positive effects to your internal organs and is just one of the 70 different Hatha Yoga demo videos that you’ll have at your disposal when you subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. In the next article of this guide we’ll look at how the “Camel Pose” can help you to become more protective, versatile and resilient.

Hatha Yoga Eagle Pose

Spread your wings and soar high with the eagle pose.

There’s undeniably something very special about the eagle because it is a bird that is either highly feared or much revered in many places.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Eagle Pose, or Garudasana in Sanskrit (garuda = eagle, or “devourer,” a deity that’s said to be capable of blocking out the sun in the mythology of Hindus and Buddhists, asana = pose).

Qualities of the Eagle Pose

The Eagle Pose personifies a regal and dignified bearing. Observe an eagle and you will notice, that whether in the wild or in kept condition, its expression is unwavering in its solemnity and concentration.

In Hatha Yoga, the solemnity of the eagle is utilized to underscore the importance of keeping the arms, legs, knees, and feet harmoniously working together to reach new heights of concentration.

Seen from such a perspective, the Eagle Pose, when practiced regularly, improves balance and helps remove constrictions in the upper back.

Demonstration of the Eagle Pose

Benefits of the Eagle Pose

  • Mental – because the pose can remove constrictions, it paves the way for a more relaxed frame of mind. In turn, having such a frame of mind is great to heighten levels of concentration, even after the yoga exercises are over.
  • Physical – this pose can help correct posture through spine realignment. It also makes the legs, thighs, hips, ankles, and shoulders stronger. It is great therapy for the asthmatic, as well as for those with sciatica, and lumbago or lower back pain.
  • Spiritual – through consistent practice of this pose, it is highly possible to increase your level of contentment because your mind is relaxed and your body’s aches, in particular those that are bunched up in your spine and lower back muscles, are lessened.

Safety Alert

This pose is not recommended for anyone with knee injuries.

Now that you’re ready to soar high with your fitness goals by practicing the “Eagle Pose”, be sure to subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter and pick up the other 69 to round out your yoga exercise routine. The next pose we’ll demonstrate is called the “Dancer Pose”, a silhouette of graceful strength.

Yoga Plank Pose

If you love planking, you'll love the yoga plank pose.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, we’re pretty much sure that you’re aware of that activity known as the Lying Down Game or Planking, that involves stiffly lying face down in the most incongruous or unexpected locations, just for the heck of it.

While Planking was, and still is, considered mostly as a simple viral online meme, there’s a another form of “plank mimicry” that can be used for seriously attaining health and wellness.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Yoga Plank Pose, or Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana in Sanskrit (uttihita = extended, chaturanga = four limbed, and dandasana = staff pose). It does not require a full stiff, face down posture. Rather, it emphasizes the need to maintain balance while facing the ground, even as you keep as much distance between it and your chest.

Qualities of the Yoga Plank Pose

Unlike in the Lying Down Game which is mostly just a comic social game, the plank pose in Hatha Yoga is meant to underscore fitness by providing the yoga practitioner with a sense of the importance of stability, alignment, and strength.

The Yoga Plank Pose is also known by another Sanskit name, Kumbhakasana, which means “empty teapot.” This is with reference to the efforts of some advanced yoga practitioners to exhale completely while striving to maintain the plank pose, with the end goal of developing tolerance for the lack of air (conditioning the mind and body to stay disciplined and focused even under trying situations).

Demonstration of the Yoga Plank Pose

Benefits of the Yoga Plank Pose

  • Mental – the Yoga Plank Pose is great for challenging the limits set by the mind as to how far it can withstand pressure from a demanding situation.
  • Physical – the focus of the Yoga Plank Pose is on firming and strengthening the abdomen, and making the spine, arms, and wrists stronger.
  • Spiritual – the Yoga Plank Pose is advantageous for those who want to test their resistance and endurance to discomfort. In doing so, a certain level of patience and calmness is achieved.

Safety Alert

The Yoga Plank Pose is contraindicated for those with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

If this is your first time reading this, you’ll want to read through out this entire guide at least one time and of course, have your doctors clearance for doing these yoga poses, before you attempt doing them on your own.

The Hatha Yoga demonstration videos that you get when you subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter will be useful for you to witness how the poses are done; which is much easier than just reading about how they are done. Next we’ll move on to the “Tree Pose” where you can experience solidity in being rooted.

Triangle Pose and Half Moon Pose

Start seeing your body in a new light with the triangel and half moon pose.

Do you love your legs? You should! No matter what they may look like, thin or muscled, long or short, you need to love your legs because together with your feet and thighs, they are the ones that support your lower body and bring you to all of those places that you want to go.

In Hatha Yoga, the Triangle Pose is one of the best fitness exercises for the legs.

Qualities of the Triangle Pose

If you are like most average people (read: not yet exceptionally fit), you know the “burnt out candle” feeling that you can get at the end of an exhausting working day. Your job doesn’t even have to be physically taxing to get that feeling.

Far too often, it is stress and anxiety on the job that can cause you to feel enervated. Students and homemakers are also susceptible to such feelings.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Triangle Pose, or Trikonasana in Sanskrit (trikona = three angled, asana = pose) as the perfect solution against the formation of such feelings.

The Triangle Pose is a powerful fitness exercise that can expand your torso and assemble evenness, balanced control of the legs and feet, with the arms acting as the ideal complement or foil.

The Mountain Pose, also know as the Triangle Pose, is a gentle basic and much liked pose that is useful for introducing your body to stretching and to breathing rhythmically. Think of a mountain as being sturdy and solid, not suddenly collapsing even when buffeted by strong winds or roaring flash floods. Imagine yourself as a mountain rising up and reaching for the glorious sky.

Benefits of the Triangle Pose

  • Mental – the Triangle Pose is restorative when the mind is overburdened by anxiety.
  • Physical –the focus of the Triangle Pose is on the shoulders, spine, chest, thighs, legs, abdomen, knees, and ankles. It can assist towards improved digestion, and the lessening of back pains, and aches associated with flat feet. Menopausal women have reported that this pose helps to relieve many of their symptoms.
  • Spiritual – the Triangle Pose is beneficial when you want to feel centered and in control of your reactions to life’s daily stresses.

Safety Alert

The Triangle Pose is not recommended for those with low blood pressure, bouts of diarrhea, and headache. It is possible for those who have neck problems, heart conditions, and hypertension to practice this pose under certain conditions, but prior clearance from a medical doctor would still be best.

Demonstration of the Triangle Pose

Half Moon Pose – Banishing Life’s Dark Elements with Light

As mentioned in the introduction article to this guide, Hatha Yoga strives for the union of two separate entities, the body and the mind, as symbolized by the sun and the moon. While the concept may seem extremely esoteric or obscure to Western minds, it is actually a very practical representation of what goes on as a matter of course in daily life.

In Hatha Yoga, we have the Half Moon Pose, or Ardha Chandrasana in Sanskrit (ardha = half, candra or Chandra = glittering, moon, and asana = pose) as a health and wellness strategy to help us cope better with the dark elements of life (fatigue, frustration, stress, anxiety, fear) by putting additional brilliance in our existence.

Qualities of the Half Moon Pose

How many stress hormones do you have floating around in your body, affecting not just the physical side of you, but just as importantly, affecting your mind and emotions? These stress hormones can inflict havoc in the way our body functions, leading to conditions as varied as sciatica, indigestion, anxiety, and constipation among others.

The Half Moon Pose combines both balancing efforts with timed breathing to draw out stress hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine from the body, thereby addressing the medical conditions cited above.

Benefits of the Half Moon Pose

  • Mental – the Half Moon Pose is ideal for relaxing the mind, as it focuses on keeping an alignment of the body. In the process of doing so, external cares and worries are pushed away from the mind.
  • Physical –the focus of the Half Moon Pose encompasses the shoulders down to the ankles. The pose is great for alleviating symptoms of osteoporosis, fatigue, gastritis and mental pain.
  • Spiritual – the Half Moon Pose is beneficial for those who deal with stress on a daily basis and need gentle relief in order to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally fit.

Safety Alert

The Half Moon Pose is not recommended for those with migraines, insomnia, low blood pressure, and loose bowel movements.

At the top of this article we’ve discussed seeing your legs in a new light by means of the “Triangle Pose” and provided a demonstration video to help you get started. Next we talked a little bit about the benefits of the “Half Moon Pose” and how it can help your mental, physical and spiritual being.

Remember that you can get all of the demonstration videos that goes with this guide by subscribing to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Next, we’ll delve into challenging the limits set by your mind with the “Yoga Plank Pose” and talk about the associated benefits.

Chair Yoga Poses

The chair yoga pose can make you stronger and more stable.

If you’re ready to let your imagination run free and obtain some physical stability in your life, you’ll want to read on and check out what doing “Chair Yoga Poses” can do for you.

Think back to the time when you were young, and your imagination was a dominant force in your life. What you could imagine was real and had power. You can still do that now with the Chair Yoga Poses.

Qualities of the Chair Yoga Pose

To those unfamiliar with the gentle ways of Hatha Yoga, the pose might seem to be an extremely painful position to assume. After all, the first impression that one gets upon seeing a yogi using the Chair Yoga Poses is that he or she is starting to sit, does get seated, and will then start to rise from a chair – an imaginary chair.

It looks as if a gigantic or intense effort is being made to do the postures involved, and that’s why in Hatha Yoga, we have the Chair Yoga Poses, or Utkatasana in Sanskrit (utkata = intense, gigantic, and asana = pose) as being representative or symbolic of the actions of the mind to control one’s surroundings through physical exertion.

Demonstration of One of the Chair Yoga Poses

Benefits of the Chair Yoga Poses

  • Mental – this yoga pose shifts the interest of the mind to maintaining balance, thereby giving life to the concept of willpower, or striving for success amidst great odds.
  • Physical – the center of attention of this pose is on the thighs, but it can also benefit other parts of the body such as the chest and shoulders, the spine, the thighs and the legs, while stimulating the diaphragm, the heart, and the organs in the abdomen.
  • Spiritual – holding this yoga posture requires intense concentration. The more frequent that high levels of concentration are achieved, the more that portals leading to enlightenment become opened.

Safety Alert

This pose is not recommended for people with low blood pressure, recurrent headaches or insomnia.

See the two other “Chair Yoga Poses” that you get when you subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Do that now and then move on to the “Triangle Pose” if you’d like to start seeing your legs in a new light.

Yoga for Runners

This is the yoga pose to do when you practice yoga for runners.

There’s a natural high that comes from dedicated running, and this is due to the production and release of endorphins that can alter your mood and make you feel extremely happy. That’s why many runners push themselves to the limit, and even beyond, to fully enjoy the highly pleasurable effects that come during and after exertion.

But the thing is, too much pushing can lead to physical problems – pulled muscles, cramped nerves, exhaustion, to name but a few. That’s where yoga for runners can step in to prevent such problems from occurring.

Yoga for Runners: The Need for Speed

While not all runs are competitive, runners for the most part, often feel a need for speed. That’s why there are runners who ask how something that’s relatively slow and gentle like Hatha Yoga can benefit people like them who thrive on the adrenaline rush that comes from a strenuous and fast-paced activity like running.

The fact is, there isn’t really much of a contradiction to begin with. That’s because even the most well-conditioned and professional runners still have to contend with the limitations of their physical bodies.

Everything involved in running, every part of your body that receives an impact when you run can get damaged over time by such a demanding activity. Your neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, spine, thighs, knees, legs, ankles, and even the soles of your feet have to put up with the pounding rhythms of a run.

Yoga for Runners: A Therapeutic Exercise

In that regard, think of yoga for runners as a therapeutic break from all the jarring that your body takes each time you go on a run. Yoga deep breathing exercises are good for the lungs and the cardiovascular system. Yoga stretches can promote flexibility and endurance. Yoga meditation can improve focus which leads to steady thought processes. All of these contribute hugely to fine-tuning your runner’s body.

The videos that are an integral part of this guide will guide you on which poses are best to practice on. Familiarize yourself with poses such as the Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana in Sanskrit) and keep on practicing to gain the full benefits of using yoga for runners.

Below is a demonstration video with the yoga pose “Low Runners Lunge”. When doing this runners pose, be sure to work on both your right and left side. You wouldn’t want to be running in circles would you?

Video Demonstration of the Low Runners Lunge – Right:

If you’ve been reading our other Hatha Yoga articles then you already know that you can get access to our full set of yoga poses on video when you subscribe to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Next we’ll work on helping you learn the “Warrior Pose” which like the Runners Pose, cultivates strength and endurance.