There’s more to yoga than just saying ommmm and aligning your chakras. There’s no need to light an jos stick or head out in to the middle of the woods to find yourself. With a wide variety to chose from including Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa, there’s style to suit everyone. It can help to improve posture and reduce aches and stiffness. Stretching and strengthening your body, as well as calming and focusing the mind. However that alone won’t provide you with the ultimate work out, but it supplements your existing training plan perfectly. So grab your mat and throw on your yoga pants, here we have 4 ways in which Yoga can help your exercise regime.
Yoga is made up of dynamic stretches which form a great accompaniment to your warm up and cool down. If you already do a sport then, yoga is kind to the muscles that already work so hard. It’s the perfect way to warm up and cool down before and after your training sessions.
If you are dealing with stiffness and aches on a daily basis then yoga can help ease pain and aide healing. When muscles heal they become tight, and where they heal scar tissue forms, as a result this can restrict your movement and flexibility. Practicing yoga can promote flexibility because the stretching postures allow scar tissue to break down more gently without inhibiting movement as it heals. It can also help to increase blood flow to the injured muscle, carrying nutrients and removing toxins, therefore assisting the healing process.
If you haven’t been acquainted with your toes in a while, then you can train yourself to reach the ground. Another bonus side affect is that stretching helps to ease lower back pain. A particular problem that often puts people off sport and exercise in the first place.
There’s a lot of balancing, the more of which you practice the stronger you will become, especially your core strength. The plank position comes from yoga and anyone who has held a plank for more than a minute or two can attest to how intense then can be.
If you are just starting out on your fitness journey, you may feel apprehensive about joining a class or staring a new sport, yoga is a great tool for reducing stress and anxiety. Perhaps your nervous about an upcoming sporting event, one thats out of your comfort zone. Breathing exercises can really help to ease worry, focus the mind and motivate you.
There are so many benefits in implementing yoga in to your training plan. Try yoga before and after your next match and see what a difference it can make.