Train Strong and Smart.
Whatever your sport or training goals, incorporating Yoga into your program can improve performance, help prevent injury, improve recovery and give you a mental edge.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should get on the mat!
Yoga is excellent for building core strength because it involves moving the body in various directions and angles through postures requiring stability and balance.
By developing flexible strength it prevents the shortening of muscles that often occurs through isolated strength training.
Flexible muscle groups in turn produces more power, so watch your PB's get better as a result!
Helps prevent Injury and Improves Recovery
Contracted and hard trained muscles and joints are susceptible to injury. Runners- your tight hamstrings, cyclists, your tight back, not to mention those quads and calves, swimmers, you may suffer with tight shoulders and golfers, you may feel the imbalance of constant twisting to one side.
Yoga is a total body workout and can help strengthen the muscles that are underused as well as aiding the recovery of those that are overused within your chosen sport. This is turn increases your range of motion, balance, strength and flexibility of your entire body.
By making Yoga an essential part of your training program you can help prevent those injuries which may put you out for weeks.
The edge on your performance.
Train Your Mind.
Every sport or activity requires mental as well as physical strength. Getting up that tough hill climb, running through that tough last few miles, it all takes a focussing of the mind, working with the body to get you through those challenging moments.
Yoga is powerful cocktail of physical and mental focus plus concentration. The practice helps teach mindfulness; how to be in the present moment, fully. Yoga teaches you to practice this mindfulness so that when you find yourself in those challenging moments you are completely in your body, feeling the mechanics of it working for you.
Practicing yoga also helps us synchronise our breath with movement and staying focussed on your breath helps to de-stress your physical body, powering you through the tough moments and not allowing you to give up!