Winter Sports & Yoga
With consistent practice, you too can experience better performance, improved health, and greater peace of mind, whatever your sport and whatever your degree of flexibility. Give it a try (no spandex required)!
Yoga naturally loosens physical tightness and expels lactic acid build-up from the muscles, which in turn will lift your spirits and raise your energy level. All athletes stretch before and after training. Yoga adds a little extra boost to this area. It is the next step towards excelling in your sport both physically and mentally.
The Athletic Performance Benefits Of Yoga
Yoga can’t replace conventional (or unconventional) training, but rather how it can enhance it.
By improving not only flexibility but also posture, body mechanics, and awareness, yoga can make every form of training you do more effective and efficient.
A regular yoga practice can give you the following and more:
We all know power, strength, and speed are directly related to proper body mechanics: when our body is properly aligned, we can transmit force much more efficiently and perform better across the board.
Whatever your sport, by returning your body to its optimal alignment, yoga can help you reduce power leakage in your deads and cleans, improve running gait and efficiency, and help you punch, jump, or throw more explosively.
Yoga significantly increases respiratory capacity; in fact, many have overcome asthma and other respiratory conditions through regular practice. Obviously, this is invaluable to athletes.
Yoga has also been proven to dramatically enhance circulation, digestion, and efficiency of motion, which all further improve endurance and energy.
Yoga builds greater body awareness, including balance, stability, and proprioception. As a result, not only is performance enhanced but our training becomes far more efficient.
One thing that stalls progress even more than inadequate training is an injury.
By improving body mechanics, flexibility and awareness, yoga dramatically reduces the risk of injury, both in training and competition. It can help increase competitive longevity and allowing more consistent progress in our sport.
By enhancing circulation and lymphatic flow, yoga not only increases strength and endurance but also allows muscles to process metabolic byproducts more quickly, powerfully speeding healing time and re-growth and therefore speeding up recovery.
Finally and perhaps most important of all regular practice dramatically enhances our clarity and focus. Why does this matter?
Practiced regularly, yoga can give you the awareness and mindfulness you need to take both your training and your performance to the next level and reach your ultimate goal.