Runners Lunge is a hip strength and stability pose. It strengthens the knees, quads, glutes and hips and stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings, hip flexors and groin. It’s a great warm-up pose to practice before dropping into deeper into the psoas in Low Lunge and Lizard. And is a good prep pose for other standing postures, including High Lunge, Side Lunge.
RUNNERS LUNGE BENEFITS
- Strengthens the knees, quads, glutes and hips.
- Stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings, hip flexors and groin.
- Prepares the body for deeper hip openers.
Start in Downward Dog.
Take a deep breath in. Exhale, step your right foot in between your hands in Runners Lunge.
Check that your front knee doesn’t come forward over your ankle and that your toes and knee point straight ahead. Check that your feet are hip-width apart and not on a tightrope. Look down at the mat to straighten your cervical spine. And press back through your left heel to straighten your back leg.
Hold the pose for 3-5 deep breaths on each side.
- Avoid this pose if you have a foot, ankle, knee or hip injury.