Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga?


When asked if yoga is part of their workouts, many athletes will say they don't have the time to add yoga to their already intense training schedules. Some say they don't see how "stretching and breathing" would be of any benefit to them. Others say they've discovered yoga while recuperating from an injury.

Why not enhance your performance and prevent injury by adding yoga to your training plan now? A well-rounded yoga practice includes dynamic flexibility training, core stabilization, strengthening and balance work. By focusing on these vital elements, yoga can help you recover faster after workouts, open up the tight areas that hinder performance, improve range of motion, and develop mental focus and concentration.

Even if athletes stretch pre- or post-workout, they are usually just stretching the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion in which they will be exercising. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motioactivating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers.

Furthermore, Yin Yoga lengthens the deep facia (connective tissue), increases the synovial fluid in the joints, lubricating them deeply and nourishes the vital organs through the meridian principle (TMC). For example as the liver and gall bladder organ pair are linked with the heath and vitality of the tendons, muscles and joints, Yoga poses targeting them may be of profound benefit to you.