The Holy Grail for your ‘Running Mechanics’ – Part-3
Working as a Yoga Therapist with recreational runners as well as athletes has opened my eyes and brought a clear clarity that ‘Tight IT band is one of the sole reasons for host of problems like chronic back pain, knee pain, calf pain etc.’ While working on elimination of these problems, I have learnt to focus completely on ‘Hip Opening’ and IT band Stretch’ – approaching these areas from every angle possible.
Supta Padanghusthansana Variation 3, the last variation of the series, works exclusively on hip opening, gluteal firing (as sluggish glutes can strain your knees) as well as IT band stretch. A realization that these stretches need to be a part of your regular practice is of epitome importance for the longevity of your running life.
It can be practiced for a minimalistic period of time something as less than a minute for every variation of the stretch.
You must also follow:
1) Supta Padanghusthasana Variation 1
2) Supta Padanghusthasana Variation 2
To optimize the stretch from all the angles. Practice these stretches regularly and definitely with a longer holding after a long run to enhance your ‘Running Life’.
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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.