Posts Tagged by yoga for runners

Yoga for Runners: Holiday Gift Guide

Hard to believe that it is already December and it is time to kick the holiday shopping into high gear!  Danielle is here with some great gift suggestions to help incorporate yoga and stretching into your running routine or for the yogi in your life.


Hello Running at Disney readers!

This month, as we head into the holiday season, I thought instead of sharing a yoga pose or recovery tips, I’d suggest some Yoga for Runner’s gifts!

These items are great for both runners who are just beginning to incorporate some yoga into their routine and those who have a regular yoga practice but are looking to really target those running muscles that need a little extra attention!

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Yoga for Beginners Kit

This beginner kit comes with everything you need to get your yoga practice started – a yoga mat, block, strap & DVD all for less than $30!

Yoga for Athletes Books

Sage Rountree’s The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga and The Runner’s Guide to Yoga are my go-to’s both for my own yoga practice and when I’m putting together classes. I especially recommend The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga, a small book full of short yoga sequences specifically designed to target the muscles athletes and runner’s use the most – it would make a great stocking stuffer!

Foam Roller

If you or a runner you know doesn’t own a foal roller yet then this is the perfect gift! I really like my TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller, but there are plenty of options out there!

Yoga Classes – Online or In Person

What better way to start off your yoga practice than with some classes! I personally love in-person classes where I get the benefit of the teacher making sure I’m doing the pose correctly, but online classes and videos are also a great! For in person classes a gift certificate to a local studio would make a great gift, or you can try out online classes on a site like YogaVibes which actually has a whole series of Yoga for Athletes classes!

Happy Holiday & Namaste!


P.S. – If you haven’t already done so, please stop by and check out the 2014 Runner’s Holiday Gift Guide on my blog, it includes discount codes & giveaways for some of my favorite products!

You can find Danielle at or on Twitter at @dnardi710.

Yoga for Runners: Happy Hips Part 2

runDisney race season has officially began and I know many of you are getting ready to run soon!  Now it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking care of all of your joints, especially your hips.  Danielle is back this month with more stretches to keep your hips happy!  The best part is that you can do these while longing around with the family.



This past weekend I ran a half marathon, didn’t stretch at all, got right in the car and drove 3 hours to get to my cousin’s wedding and let me tell you by the next morning my hips were killing me!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this picture already, but Sunday morning I sat out on the deck doing a few simple stretches and realized they would be great to share with the Running at Disney readers!

Deck Yoga

The best part about these two poses, is that they’re quick and easy to do even while you’re just sitting and watching TV!

Cow Face Pose

Cow Face Pose

  • begin seated crossing one leg over the other with knees stacked directly on top of one another
  • bring heels back and in towards hips
  • to deepen the stretch (ONLY if this is not already enough!) begin to fold forward hinging at the hips
  • hold for 1 minute, uncross legs and repeat on the other side

Fire Log Pose

Fire Log Pose

  • begin seated crossing one leg over the other with shins stacked directly on top of one another and ankle to knee alignment (left ankle on right knee and left knee on right ankle)
  • to deepen the stretch elongate your spine and fold forward hinging at the hips (not rounding the back)
  • hold for 1 minute, uncross legs and repeat on other side

If you have any questions regarding these poses or incorporating yoga into your routine feel free to leave a comment below or you can find me at or on Twitter at @dnardi710.

Happy Running & Happy Hips!

RAD Recap for September 7, 2014

Well it is unofficially Fall, but strangely it’s been one of the hottest weeks of the year…go figure!  However if you are in Walt Disney World you would think that the Fall and Halloween are in full swing.  All of the decorations are up, the merchandise is out and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has started.  I took a look at all of the festivities this week because it is officially my favorite time of year in Walt Disney World!


This week began coverage of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend with a fun recap of the Disneyland 5K from a RAD reader named Minnie…how fun is that?!


The next 2+ weeks will be filled with coverage of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend including more race recaps, spectator coverage and first time runDisney experiences.  I can’t wait to hear all about it!

My week has been, well interesting.  I had a run in with a pharmacy tech that made me question if honesty is always the best policy



I also took a trip down the Sebastian River and saw manatee and gator…oh my!


Finally, I was joined by a Robin who shared he transformation story this week and I put together a recap of all of Danielle’s Yoga for Runners posts from the past few months since she’s taking the month off.  So many great tips there!

I’m looking forward to a week of training for the Disney Fit Challenge…it’s only 3 weeks away!  I really need to start jumping on some boxes and getting some runs in.  Even 3 weeks of endurance building will be a big help.

Hope you have a great week!

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Yoga for Runners Recap!


If you read Danielle’s blog Live, Run, Grow, you will know that she has A LOT going on right now!  New job, moving to a new state, the Disneyland Half Marathon…all super exciting!  Because of all this, she is taking the month off from her Yoga for Runners series, so I thought it would be a good time to do a quick recap of all of the great yoga tips she has put together in the last few months.  You can click on the link to each topic to read the full post.

Warm Up & Cool Down Routines

A lot of us (myself included!) do not take enough time to do warm up and cool down stretches, however they are key to staying injury free.

Triangle Forward Bend

Legs Up the Wall

One of my all time favorite recovery poses (thanks to Danielle) that helps recirculate fluids through those tired legs.

Legs up the Wall 2

Love Thy Feet

Since your feet are pretty important when it comes to running, you want to take care of them so you can keep running pain free!

Alternate Arch Stretch

Happy Hips

Hip stability and flexibility are key to efficient and safe running.  Mobility in this area will help you to increase speed and effectiveness of your runs.

Pigeon Pose 1

Hotel Room Yoga

With the beginning of runDisney race season, many of us will be staying in hotels over those race weekends.  But even with limited space, you can get some great stretches in so you perform at your peak!

Hotel Yoga 1

Danielle will be back in September with some more great Yoga for Runners.  Best of luck in all of her new adventures!

If you have any questions regarding any of these poses or incorporating yoga into your routine, feel free to leave a comment below or you can find Danielle at or on Twitter at @dnardi710.

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RAD Recap for August 10, 2014

So the Pixie Dust Challenge early registration sold out in 15 minutes this week.  Just when I thought that races couldn’t sell out any faster, they do.  It’s quite amazing to see how this has changed in the past few years and I’m constantly baffled by it.  Regular registration for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend open at noon this Tuesday.  If you have any hopes of getting into one of the races, particularly the Pixie Dust Challenge, I would be ready and waiting at your computer.  Let’s just hope the system don’t crash like it did for the Princess registration!

Speaking of upcoming races in Disneyland, did you see the medals that were revealed for the Avengers Half Marathon Weekend this week?  I’m pretty jealous I won’t be getting one of these!


With runDisney race season about to kick into high gear, make sure to check out the great Yoga for Runners tips that Danielle shared this week on Hotel Room Yoga.  We first talked about this last year during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and given that it is now only less than 3 weeks away, these will definitely help everyone heading out to run that weekend.

Hotel Yoga 2

This has been a VERY busy week for me full of meetings and projects…all a very good busy!  I did take some time to take a look at my favorite things about the CrossFit Games and I also celebrated my 2 year anniversary doing CrossFit.  It’s pretty cool to see how far I’ve come!


Lastly I relived my recent Disneyland trip and how I completely have fallen in love with the west coast park.  I mean, how can you not love this?!?!


Check back tomorrow where I will have all of the details for you to register for the races over Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and good luck to everyone who will be waiting to register!

Also coming up this week is another Transformation Tuesday story, a look at Disney animated movie songs in Kill, Refurb, Marry, and John is back with some fun Anaheim Antics! Hope you enjoy and have a great week!!

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