Yoga for Runners – Christine Bullock’s Fave Five Poses for Runners

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I’m so excited to have another “Cool People Doing Cool Things” feature with a an amazing woman who is originally from Pittsburgh as well, Christine Bullock! Christine is currently living and working in Redondo Beach, California and is competing to be Women’s Health’s Next Fitness Star.

Practicing what she preaches, Christine Bullock has turned her expertise and passion for fitness, nutrition, and beauty into a dynamic lifestyle business. As an accomplished ballerina who started dancing at age three, Bullock has a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and insight into the importance of a consistent athletic routine and ongoing healthy eating habits. Passionate about helping others attain health and happiness, she has spent over 17 years working with health and beauty industry leaders all over the globe and has counseled and trained thousands of people to improve their health and well-being both inside and out. Bullock has certifications in Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Pre & Post-Natal, and is also certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Counselor.

Focusing on functional anatomy and movement science using dynamic movement to rebuild a balanced high performance physique, Christine integrates the most progressive exercise techniques used by world-class athletes into one powerful program designed to help increase strength, torch calories, boost metabolism, increase energy, all while balancing mind and body. Her workouts include functional training, high intensity drills, stability, plyometrics, flexibility, Pilates, yoga and core. Christine also teaches the importance of food quality, quantity, and preparation. She says, “20 minutes a day, no props needed, so no excuses!” The key is no boredom and no burnout. Her workouts are fast, functional and effective.

I asked Christine to create a series of yoga poses that are great recovery stretches for runners – I thought she would be the perfect person since she combines cardio and yoga into many of her workouts! Read on for a note from Christine and

Thank you Cassie for featuring me on Almost Getting it Together and giving me an opportunity to reach out to my hometown crowd while I take on Women’s Health’s Next Fitness Star competition. I am so excited to be one of the five finalists in this national competition! Not only do I get to grace the July/August flip cover of Women’s Health with the other ladies, but most importantly I get to share workouts, my fitness philosophy and more with you all! Please visit http://thenextfitnessstar.com/christine-bullock to join me on this journey, get fit, learn and vote!

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Running is an awesome practice — with nothing more than your body and a pair of sneakers you can build mental and physical endurance, a sleek physique and a strong, healthy heart. I created this short yoga series to help ward off overuse injuries that can often plague runners. These moves will also provide increased flexibility for better form while running and feel-good stretches for relief post-workout.

Cow Face Pose

Christine Bullock Women's Health Next Fitness Star - Yoga for Runners - Cow Face Pose

This is a deep stretch that releases built up tension in the outer hips. Runners will also love the gentle ankle stretch that comes with this pose.

Start in a seated position and begin to cross your legs deeply so that your bent right knee is stacked on top of the bent left knee. Both knees should be in line with your chin. Make sure your heels are equidistant from each hip. Scoot your heels forward to deepen the stretch while keeping both sit bones connected to the ground.  Sit up tall, engage your core and breathe into the stretch. Switch the crossing of your legs and repeat.

Wide Legged Forward Fold

Christine Bullock Women's Health Next Fitness Star - Yoga for Runners - Wide Legged Forward Fold

This is a vital stretch for runners to release tension in the hamstrings. The mild inversion is also a great pre-run energy booster.

Begin in a wide legged stance with feet twice as wide as hip width distance apart and parallel. Engage your abs and extend your arms out to a T.With a flat back, hinge at the hips and fold forward. Allow your head to hang heavy to decompress your spine. Grab onto your calves and gently deepen the fold. Shift your weight forward into the balls of your feet to increase the stretch in your hamstrings.

Downward Dog Calf Stretch

Christine Bullock Women's Health Next Fitness Star - Yoga for Runners - Downward Dog Calf Stretch

This pose is a wonderful mild calf warm up for runners. It gently loosens tension in the calves and wakes up the whole body.

Begin in plank position; arms shoulder distance, feet hip distance and core braced. Keeping the spine and legs long, pike your hips to the sky. This is your downward facing dog. Evenly distribute your weight in your hands and feet and scan your body to ensure that you are engaging throughout. Now cha-cha your knees — bend one knee and push into the ball of that foot while extending the other leg straight and pushing through the heel.

Runner’s Lunge

Christine Bullock Women's Health Next Fitness Star - Yoga for Runners - Runner’s Lunge

The name says it all — this yoga pose allows runners to open up, stretch and relax the quads and hip flexors. Allow your body weight and breath to deepen you into the pose slowly for great results.

Begin in a low lunge with your left leg forward and right leg back. Start with your left knee stacked directly over your left ankle and your right leg extended straight back. Push through the right heel, while pulling the right hip forward and the left hip back. From this position walk your left foot six inches left and six inches forward. Bring your left arm to the inside of your left thigh. Breathe. Alternate sides.

Half Bow Press

Christine Bullock Women's Health Next Fitness Star - Yoga for Runners - Half Bow Press

This deep stretching pose opens up the front line of the body. It is a wonderful stretch for the hipflexors. The pose also gives runners a much needed opportunity to counteract the closed-in chest position that is common while running.

Begin face down on the floor with arms extended to a T, legs hip distance apart and tops of feet resting on the ground. On an inhalation, use your back muscles to lift your chest and prop yourself onto your forearms. Keep the neck relaxed and draw your shoulder blades and elbows back. Then bend your right knee and draw your right arm back to capture your left foot in your hand. Breathe into the pose and use your palm to push your foot close to your glute. Alternate sides.

Head over to the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star page to vote for Christine every day now until August 3rd! 

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15 comments on “Yoga for Runners – Christine Bullock’s Fave Five Poses for Runners

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on July 1, 2015 10:24 am

I love all of these poses, too! I often do cowface pose with a forward fold while doing blog comments in the mornings before I run. It is a great alternative to sleeping pigeon if you aren’t warmed up for it yet. Thank you, Christine, and good luck!
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 12:47 am

I loveeee pigeon. It’s the whole reason I go to yoga!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 1, 2015 11:37 am

Well isn’t Christine just adorable. And I love her outfit. I try and stretch a bit after every workout and often include some of these poses. Too bad I don’t get to do them in a beach setting. :) Thanks for introducing me to Christine with this one, Cassie!
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 12:46 am

So glad you enjoyed! She is too cute!!

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Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs on July 1, 2015 11:38 am

I love to do yoga poses after my run and I love all of these! I usually do a few more my hips too. Heading over to vote! :-)
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Ree on July 1, 2015 4:47 pm

These are great poses! I’m tweeting this out right now! Thanks for sharing :)
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 12:17 am

Glad you liked it, thanks so much!

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Whitney Carney on July 1, 2015 6:10 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed this post! I know how yoga is supposed to be so good for running and I need to actually do it instead of talking about it. There is a yoga studio in Huntington that offers a “yoga for runners” class that I need to take.
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 12:11 am

That sounds amazing, I wish we had that!! Take it for me :)

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Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry on July 1, 2015 7:10 pm

I love doing these stretches for running and we do some in Pure Barre class. I do that in place of Yoga for my other workout along side running :)
Christine is awesome, great post Cassie
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 12:08 am

I should definitely head to barre class more often than I do! It’s a great running supplement as well.

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Kristen on July 2, 2015 3:01 am

Love these tips! I do a few of these already but I’m totally adding the rest to my post-run yoga stretching routine!
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Jasmine Watts on July 2, 2015 10:27 am

I always thought yoga and running were the perfect fitness combination! You need both to build endurance without injury :). Thanks so much for sharing these poses.

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Cassie on July 3, 2015 12:08 am

Agreed – yoga is so important to my running!

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Falasha on July 3, 2015 4:07 am

Great inspiration to do some Yoga. Love Yoga for the great stretching before an additional workout or on its own.

xx Falasha
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