Runners

Must Recovery Practices After Marathon

Eons of training result in your best ‘PB’ at any Marathon. Then comes a hiatus. This interlude is essential – for recovery and restoration. It is critical that the body reverts back to normalcy so as to enhance your performance in the next run without any injuries. Not paying attention to this ‘hiatus’ phase could …

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Tight Hamstrings -> Misaligned spine -> Increased Running Injuries

Sitting for long hours, leaning forward to work on laptop, reading or checking cell phone – all these seemingly non-consequential activities keeps our hamstrings in a short position for hours. Adding insult to injury, the tight hamstrings leads to spinal misalignment. This gives the first foothold to the ‘Beast’ that has been able to make …

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Entering the realm of Ujjayi Pranayama with Ujjayi Level-III

“Ujjayi is helpful for all ailments that originate from nervousness or chronic stress” – A systematic course in the ancient tantric techniques of Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In our series of Ujjayi Pranayama, we are entering the realm of Ujjayi Pranayama from simply Ujjayi Breathing with Ujjayi Level-3 practice. Hatha Yoga Pradipika, …

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Ujjayi (level-2) – The single most effective practice for High BP

The one Pranayama that contradicts the popular belief that ‘the benefits of yoga can only be experienced in the long term’, is Ujjayi Breathing. According to Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Ujjayi breathing is one such practice that show an immediate result in controlling the escalating level of Blood Pressure. I have personally witnessed this during many …

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Ujjayi – The Victorious Breath is called Victorious for a reason!!

One should ponder upon the multitude benefits of Ujjayi one receives, with deliberately constricted throat passage. And, then, contemplate upon the staggering rewards, the same practice will yield, if the said throat passage is left un-constricted and wide open. Ujjayi Pranayama is expounded as one of the important pranayama by Hatha Yoga Pradipika too. According …

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The Holy Grail for your ‘Running Mechanics’ – Part-I

The variations of Supta Padanghusthansan can be a one-stop solution to innumerable problems runners face, especially associated with the lower body. Hence, issues connected with lower back pain, groin, sciatica, slip disc, stiff back, knee pain, IT band  syndrome, flat foot, tight calf, achillies tendon, plantar fascia, heel spur etc. can be easily manipulated, rectified …

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‘Toe pulled calf stretch’ to run fluidly & Injury-Free

Tight calves are one of the downsides of regular regimented running and leads to a multitude of problems, tendonitis being a major one. Getting your heels, high off the floor (you are almost on your toes) and then, consciously placing the heels back on the floor, by releasing the calf contraction brings great stretch and …

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Running Injuries are result of Imbalance – YOGA helps restore the balance

“Balance is the key to injury prevention, as all running injuries are the result of imbalance. By maintaining balance in your body – front to back, side to side, top to bottom – you’re actively preventing overuse injuries.” – Sage Rountree In order to fathom and get a deeper insight into a phenomenon, you need …

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