Yoga for sport

While some athletes discover the benefits of yoga only when recuperating from an injury, others are smart enough to include yoga in their weekly training schedule as a way to prevent injury in the first place – and also to enhance their overall performance.

The perfect complement to sport

If you’re a swimmer or skier, yoga will give you stronger muscles in the pool or on the slopes. If you’re a runner or cyclist, yoga will mean your muscles feel less tight after a long run or bike ride.

Whatever your sport, yoga will:

  • Stretch your muscles properly
  • Open up tight areas that hinder performance
  • Increase your range of motion
  • Improve your balance
  • Develop critical strength – core and limbs
  • Create better alignment
  • Correct imbalances and poor body mechanics
  • Help you use breath for better efficiency
  • Improve your mental focus
  • Help you recover faster after workouts

How does yoga help your sport?

Even with a thorough warm up, many sports involve repetitive movements in just one plane of motion, which develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this can lead to overuse injuries in the muscles and joints you’re using, as well as injuries in other muscles and joints that your body turns to and which aren’t intended for the job.

For a balanced, healthy body, you need to work it through all three planes of motion: sagittal, frontal and transverse. Yoga does this, activating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers.

So if you do a sport – any sport – try yoga and see for yourself how it improves your performance and reduces your injuries. For an athletic and challenging style of yoga, we recommend ashtanga which is guaranteed to make you sweat.

“I took up yoga to give my legs a good stretch from all my running, but I’ve noticed it also builds the muscles around my knees, one of my problem areas. So yoga ticks off all those squats and lunges that the physio tells me to do and which I wouldn’t otherwise do! I honestly don’t think I could do all my running and triathlons without yoga.”

“Yoga has given me a fantastically strong core, which takes the strain off my legs and means I’m less likely to have a knee injury. It’s also improved my upper body strength, which is great for pumping arms when I run - and for looking toned in the summer!”

“Best of all, I now love yoga for yoga’s sake and not because of what it does for my running.”

 

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