If you've ever run a marathon, then you know how taxing long-distance running can be on your muscles. Christine Felstead has run plenty, which is one reason why she now leads yoga classes for runners of all skill levels.
The 58-year-old marketing professional started the classes, which are held in a space over a Thai food restaurant, as a way to ensure that runners have a place to go where they can relax, stretch out sore muscles and work on the areas of their bodies that need to be in top shape, the National Post reports.
However, Felstead noted that her classes are not purely the high-energy, sweat-inducing poses that many semi-professional runners come to her expecting. Instead, the part-time yoga instructor said that she cares especially about flexibility.
By stretching, breathing deeply and meditating on a regular basis, runners may find that their posture has improved, their lung capacity increased or their range of motion extended.
Yoga Journal, one of the premier online periodicals on the holistic mind-body system, agrees.
The publication notes that although flexibility may not help prevent injuries, doing yoga after a run can reduce the severity of strains and pains caused by your feet pounding the pavement thousands of times at a stretch.