I’ve been practicing yoga for the last 3 years, and more recently have been practicing Moksha yoga – a form of hot yoga. To tell you the truth, I’ve never felt better.
A lot of athletes know that stretching is crucial for injury prevention, but aren’t aware that yoga is even more effective. To incorporate this practice within your regular routine of whatever sport or workout you do, it will enhance your performance in every way. Not only does it increase your flexibility, but it also increases your awareness of your body and expands your mind into a calmness that cannot be achieved by exercise alone. If you’re wondering how yoga can help you as an athlete, here’s how:
If you’re a cyclist or a runner, chances are your hip flexors and your chest is constricted at some level. Yoga helps open up your hips and chest through various poses and prevents long term injuiries. Most of you are probably thinking, “I can’t do yoga…I’m not flexible at all!” Yoga is a forever progressing practice and flexibility comes with time. You don’t have to be flexible BEFORE you start practicing!
Furthermore, if you are someone who sits at a desk all day long, again, your hip flexors and chest are tight by being slumped over your desk all day long. Yoga will help loosen your muscles up so you don’t live in discomfort at work.
In addition to opening up your body, yoga helps give you focus throughout your day – whether it be during your vigorous workouts, or helping you focus more intensely at your job.
Don’t wait until you are so tight that you become injured. Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility, bring your mind at ease, and strengthen your core. With great core strength, comes decreased back pain.
Try it! You’ll like it!