Yoga can be great for your mind and your body but it can be hard to carve out time to get to a studio to practice. But Jasyoga was designed by athletes, for athletes, and creator Erin Taylor knows what runners need. The videos range from 5 to 45 minutes and Erin uses straightforward language to make the routines easy to follow. I’ve been an avid user for a few years because I love being able to find routines that address what I need in that moment. Here’s my five favorite videos from the current collection — a great way for new users to get started, but also maybe a chance to try a new one for current users. Log on to the website or download the app, and use code EXTRASALT for a free month membership — and, if you’re a regular user already, post your favorites in the comments!
Pre-Run Warm Up
Nobody will ever mistake me for a triathlete, but there is a great collection of videos designed for our three-sport friends — and even the occasional cyclists and swimmers amongst us. I also really like the pre-run warm up from the triathlete collection because I basically never warm up, but this is only 5 minutes and I eek out that much time (or have a good reason to procrastinate). Great to get your glutes activated!
Quick Post-LR Reset
This may be the video I use the most. It’s another shortie but when you’ve been out running for 2 hours and don’t feel like you can do one more thing before you sit down in the shower, you can. You can do this. I do it before I get in the car if I drove to the park — you’ve got a towel in the car, right? You’re set. I love how this resets my chest, back, hips and hammies.
Running Efficiency Boost
Because yoga can be hard AF, too. There are a number of strength-focused routines on the Jasyoga site, and this one works all my weak spots. This one is 33 minutes and is a great cross-training day routine. It’ll work your glutes and core, increase your hip mobility and help improve your form.
At 34 minutes, the Sunday Reset is one of the longer videos but absolutely a favorite. “Ease lingering tension, restore fluidity and range of motion to key running muscles and make space for the miles ahead.” It’s a great way to relax your mind and your body and get ready for Monday — or any day. I really like the similar “high mileage reset,” regardless of what you consider high mileage.
Race Day Meditation
I also love the no-nonsense, running-focused meditations Erin’s created. There’s a great one for easing the taper crazies and another good one for improving sleep. But in my top five is this race day meditation, perfect to center yourself and ease your jitters. It can also help you set your positive affirmation for a race. Did I pick this one because I’ve used it before some of my best race performances? Damn straight.
Bonus tip: I like to pick out my videos for the week based on my training and my life, and I add them to my calendar — and include the link to the video on the website in the calendar event. Sometimes I change my mind and do a different routine, but this typically eliminates the decision fatigue and when the alert goes off on the calendar, it’s just a quick click to get moving! (This doesn’t work with the app but it will still take you to the video on the website on your phone, too!)
Don’t forget we’ve set up code EXTRASALT for a free month membership (applies to new members only).
Regular Jasyoga user? What are your favorite videos?