Yoga for Runners

Yoga is an integral part of my life as an athlete and as a person. I practice so that I can rest in Shavasana at the end and visualize my life as I want it to be: my body, mind, spirit. Through my daily practice of power vinyasa yoga, I have become stronger than ever before in my life. I believe it has helped me become more mentally tough in ultras and flexible in life. I usually choose to practice hot vinyasa yoga. The intense sweating is an incredible detoxifier, warms the muscles making them more flexible, and provides the side benefit of heat training for ultra marathons. On a mental level, hot yoga helps me feel very calm, relieves stress and allows me to connect to my body and the rest of the world through flowing breath, heat, and asanas.

These probably sound like incredible benefits, and they are undoubtedly amazing. I think the power of yoga is in the daily practice. Doing yoga once a week will certainly benefit you, but it is unlikely to bring the same magical benefits as a daily practice. I practice Vinyasa Power yoga anywhere from 5 to 12 hours a week, depending on where I am in my training schedule. I do less yoga in the 2 weeks before a 100 mile race. I do the most yoga when I am doing slightly lower running mileage 35-70 miles a week) but when I am still 3-8 weeks away from an event. I've included some links to a few of my yoga-inspired articles, tutorials and interviews as well as some informational links for anyone who may be interested in trying (or expanding) their yoga practice.

For a yoga + body weight inspired core workout, see my 10 minute Core Workout for Ultrarunners

Here is a tutorial I made on How to Do a Yoga Headstand:

Bridge Pose and Wheel Pose for Runners, Tutorial: 
Racing ultra marathons with high volume yoga training: HURT 100 Race Report
Podcast: Ultra Runner Podcast, Candice Burt Interview

Yoga Inspired Posts:
Resistance to Life
Using Discomfort for Change: How the Worst Yoga Class Changed my Life

What I practice:
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Power Yoga
Hot Yoga
Me and my yoga mat


  1. No one said that getting in shape was easy, but the fact is that if you are able to push yourself then the yoga workouts are made harder by the fact that you are able to push yourself, and not hard by the fact that you are unfit!

  2. It is extremely helpful for me. Thank you for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic like Stay young with Yoga.keep it up yoga retreat bali

  3. Do you recommend any at home yoga dvd's? I want to incorporate more yoga in my routine, but I have 3 small children and a husband who travels a lot so it's harder for me to get out to a class. Any suggestions would be awesome! Thanks!!

  4. Do you have any yoga dvd recommendations?


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