Post swim/bike/run yoga

by - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Last night's triathlon training was a hard one! We swam open water sprints then ran hill repeats on a trail by the lake. When I got home I was feeling tired and a little dizzy every time I stood up. I thought that maybe my dizziness* might be due to the blood pooling in my legs and decided to try a yoga pose, "Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose", to help alleviate the problem. It worked fantastically!

In this video from Gaiam Life (about 7 minutes), Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman demonstrate three ways of doing Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose. The pose is also shown at the bottom of the yoga sequence that I put together, below.

My hips and lower back tend to get pretty tight after running, so I used the Yoga Journal Sequence Builder to put together this short set of post-tri training poses*.




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Ardha Matsyendrasana
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Hold for 3-5 breaths on each side.

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Marjaryasana
Cat Pose

Alternate between Cat and Cow poses with your breath for about 5 breaths.

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Bitilasana
Cow Pose


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Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward-Facing Dog

If your achilles tendons are tight, alternate pressing your heels toward the floor first, then do both at once. Hold for 3-5 breaths.

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Anjaneyasana
Low Lunge

Hold for 3-5 breaths each side.

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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

Hold for 3-5 breaths each side. For a deeper stretch, fold at the waist over your front leg and hold there.

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Ananda Balasana
Happy Baby Pose

Hold for 3-5 breaths.

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Janu Sirsasana
Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

Hold for 3-5 breaths each side.

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Paschimottanasana
Seated Forward Bend

Hold for 3-5 breaths.

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Viparita Karani
Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

This pose can also be done without the bolster. Hold for 5 minutes or longer.
Yoga Journal Sequence Builder, Patent pending

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Please note that I am not a yoga instructor- these are the poses that work for me. Please consult your medical practitioner if you are experiencing any dizziness or have questions about what is appropriate for your fitness level.

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