Improved Strength, Better Balance, Mental Control, Improved Range of Motion and Flexibility are just some of the key health benefits yoga has to offer.
It may seem to be an opposing idea at first, but in actuality, athletics and yoga can complement each other wonderfully when done in a safe manner. While yoga has gained popularity in many countries, some people still see it as ‘just stretching’ or an activity only for the very flexible, or even a women-only fitness trend.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yoga for athletes is very beneficial and can help improve their athletic performance.
Yoga means union, union of the the body,breath and mind, it leads to a greater sense of self awareness
and higher consciousness .Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing and becomes a way of life through the regular practice of postures, movement, breath awareness, breathing exercises, relaxation, concentration, self inquiry and meditation.
The more yoga is practiced you become more flexible, you get an increased range of movement in your hips and spine. Yoga stretches soft tissue in the body such as ligaments and tendons and increases the range of movement in joints and enables you to move more freely.
By practicing yoga you will improve your muscle tone and your strength and you will find your posture will greatly improve because of this as your abdominals and back muscles can now fully support your weight. Therefore you will sit up and stand up straighter which will then prevent injuries and aches and pains forming in the body.
Excess stress can cause weight gain by producing cortisol in the body, yoga enables you to bring a deep sense of relaxation to your body and your mind, helping you to get rid of your stress and lose weight naturally.
Many yoga postures have a profound effect on your upper body strength like downward facing dog and chatarunga poses. Standing poses strengthen your upper leg muscles and lower back and plank pose focuses on your core. Essentially any pose will strengthen an area of the body if it is practiced in the right way.
Regular practice of yoga will increase your lung capacity as a result of a deep breathing called Ujjayi breath, you will have a longer breath which in turns means having a longer life. This will also help your stamina and endurance by having a larger volume of lung capacity. The Meditation aspect of yoga and the calming yoga postures slow down your heart rate which will then help lower blood pressure.
Improves mood and confidence – Yoga leaves you feeling happier and the focus on breathing helps to quieten the chatter of the mind. It helps to lessen anxiety and improves a better connection with yourself, this then improves your perception of yourself and others around you.
High impact exercises such as running can cause a greater risk for injury. Yoga combines body and mind and therefore allows you to move in a way that is low impact that results in an injury free, healthier you.
Yoga is recommended for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether if you are inflexible or have a low level of fitness, our instructors at Thanyapura can work with you to help you improve your core strength, flexibility and overall health.
At Thanyapura, we offer a range classes to suit your ability. There are classes for beginners, or athletes, and we offer one-on-one training sessions to help you improve your technique and poses.
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