I have done Pilates previously for over a year, but couldn't really get into it - I didn't find that after a year of doing it a couple of times a week there was any discernible difference in my flexibility etc - which is why i thought I'd give yoga a go instead and see if that works better for me (plus my Pilates class that I had just re-joined has been cancelled due to low numbers...)
Thanks for the link - they look good. Will incorporate them into my general stretching routine to begin with.
I recently ran my first marathon (Rome, March this year) and, while I got through my training schedule and the actual race with no injuries, I have been struggling to get going again afterwards, and have been dealing with extremely tight hip flexors and IT band. After lots of foam rolling, stretches and sports massage (plus rest), I have just been able to go out and do a gentle 5km with no pain/discomfort.
I am aware that my body as a whole is tighter than tight could be, in particular my hips and hamstrings, so thought starting yoga might help keep future injuries at bay through strenghtening and stretching. However there seem to be a hundred different types of yoga!
Does anyone have any recommendations for a specific style of yoga that is good for runners, or recommendations for a yoga DVD aimed at runners etc? I am a bit overwhelmed by the various options out there (here was me thinking that yoga was just yoga!).
Not signed up yet but it's definitely one of my planned races for later this year (half marathon). Struggling with IT band at the moment so not signing up for any more races until I know it's sorted (was supposed to be doing the Lymington 10km this morning which is just down the road but had to forego as think I'd have done myself more damage than good - stupid Rome Marathon ruining my legs...).
I have also signed up for the New Forest 10 which is in mid-July - looks like a really nice 10 miler through similar area.
Loch Ness is my 'pencilled in' autumn marathon for next year, with Chester as my reserve choice - looked at Loch Ness for this year but all the cheap accommodation has already gone so staying at home and doing Bournemouth instead - I know it's expensive and the route is a bit iffy but I live in Poole so no extra travelling costs etc.