Yoga Poses That Totally Help With Shin Splints

Nobody likes shin splints. They’re pretty much the worst — and can make walking (let alone running) feel pretty darn miserable. But, it turns out that two yoga poses can seriously help! With just a couple simple movements you can stretch, strengthen and get some relief. And one of our fave yogis, Kristin McGee is going to show us how.


These two poses come from Kristin’s book Chair Yoga, which is all about how you can sit, stretch and strengthen your way to a more productive and healthier you in just minutes a day — and all straight from your chair. The book features 100 yoga poses and exercises that you can do to become more active, alert and healthy, and these two yoga poses are perfect to help with those annoying shin splints. Check them out!



It feels really good to articulate through the feet and ankles. We often wear unsupportive shoes and we really need to make sure our feet and ankles are strong and flexible. Pointing and flexing the feet is a good way to strengthen the feet and ankles and helps warm up the calves and shins.

Works Your: Ankles, calves and shins

Try this: To stretch and strengthen the feet and ankles or work out any kinks from uncomfortable shoes.

  1. Sit at the edge of your seat or in a relaxed position.
  2. Inhale and point your toes forward, then exhale and pull your toes back. Repeat 10 times.
  3. Repeat this series again, except this time inhale as you flex the feet and exhale as you point the feet.

Toe Taps


Toe taps are great for those who have shin splints. I also often find myself tapping my toes when I need to release pent-up energy. Fidgeting throughout the day has been shown to increase metabolism and burn more calories.

Works Your: Ankles, shins and feet

Try this: To relieve shin splints, increase your energy burn. or stimulate the brain.

  1. Sit at the edge of your seat or in a relaxed position.
  2. Tap the toes up and down while keeping the heels on the floor. Always remain conscious of the breath and your posture while doing the taps.
  3. Try tapping one foot at a time for ten reps, then the other, and then both. Or play around with tapping fast or tapping slow.

What are some of your other favorite chair yoga poses? —Kristin McGee

From Chair Yoga by Kristin McGee. Copyright © 2017 by Kristin McGee. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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