What should I rather run or do yoga

Running and Yoga - A mini guide for beginners in yoga

Running and yoga - for me this is the one perfect combinationwhen it comes to effective Complementary sports goes. Although the two sports have little in common at first glance, they complement each other perfectly! If you have not succumbed to the yoga fever yet, I will explain in this post why yoga is such a great balancing sport for runners and which exercises you should do regularly.


Running and yoga - the perfect combination?

Runners know that running alone is not enough for a balanced workout. Compensatory and complementary sports are part of every good training plan. Yoga can also be a great addition, which you can incorporate as a great counterbalance next to your running units.


Why is yoga so good for runners?

A targeted yoga practice can have many positive effects for runners.
I have summarized the most important advantages for you here:


  • improves whole body tension.
  • trains targeted problem areas and strengthens them, e.g. the core muscles or shortened tendons,
  • and thus minimizes the risk of injury.
  • ensures a deeper body feeling.
  • optimizes your mobility.
  • improves your endurance.
  • helps you to build a new relationship with your breathing.
  • promotes stress reduction.
  • makes you more patient.
  • balances you.
  • can compensate for incorrect loads.
  • helps to improve your running style.


Every now and then yoga comes close to the typical stretching exercises after running training

Which yoga style is right for you?

Lots of reasons to storm the next yoga studio, right? If it weren't for all of them Terms, especially those who are new to yoga confuse. From Vinyasa Flow to Hatha to Yin Yoga, everything is included. Of course, a decision is difficult!

Don't worry, that's how I felt at the beginning and that's why I'll briefly explain the common yoga styles to you:

Hatha yoga
Hatha Yoga is an umbrella term for yoga that combines body, breathing and relaxation exercises. It is the most common form of yoga practiced in the West.

(Power) Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Also known as Ashtanga-Vinyasa Flow is the dynamic, rather powerful variant of Hatha Yoga. The individual postures (asanas) are performed here in flowing exercises one after the other.

Bikram yoga
Bikram yoga is known and loved by many as hot yoga because it is performed at 40-41 degrees. Here, too, it is more about performing the exercises in a more sporty manner, which are very demanding for the body, especially due to the high temperatures.

Jivamukti Yoga
You can find a modern form of Hatha Yoga in Jivamukti. Here dance-like physical exercises with chants and breathing techniques flow into one another.

Kundalini Yoga
In Kundalini Yoga there is a strong focus on intense breathing exercises, asanas, meditation and purifying exercises. Often the exercises are held / performed here for minutes.

Power yoga
Power Yoga is characterized above all by holding asanas for a long time, which trains coordination, breathing and movement, strength and balance.

Yin yoga
You will find a rather calm yoga style in Yin Yoga. Here, too, the exercises are held for several minutes, which can especially loosen stuck fascia.

You can find more explanations of yoga styles here.

Which yoga style is the best for you? To be honest, you can only do that find out for yourself. To do this, it helps to simply use different styles to try out. With these descriptions you can perhaps estimate in advance which direction you want to go. For example, I tend to go in the Vinyasa Flow direction and enjoy the flowing movements instead of spending hours in an asana.


Yoga for beginners: at home or in the studio?

The forms of exercise are just as diverse as the yoga styles. Do you stay at home and teach yourself yoga with DVDs or YouTube videos or do you prefer to go to the nearest yoga studio and let a trained teacher guide you?

My tip: try it in a studio at the beginning. So you can be sure that a professional will look at your execution of the exercises and give you suggestions on how you can optimize your postures or go deeper.


My yoga youtube favorites

But there are also many great videos on YouTube that will make it easier for you to get started or come around the corner with great supplementary exercises that you can do in addition to running.
My favorites are:


Recommendations for yoga books


Blog recommendations on yoga