Here at PrettyHardWork we do enjoy our yoga classes immensely. Unfortunately, we have found ourselves putting our yoga practice on the back burner when we enter into a more intense training of some sort. And we miss it. Dearly. So, we turned to the experts, seeking a permission of sorts, to find out, “are there benefits to practicing yoga during an intense training routine?”
Learn why maintaining your yoga practice supports a number of training activities and why it would be beneficial to include it in your routine.
Improve your Athletic performance and Practice Yoga
With over 25 years experience teaching & practicing yoga and a back ground of competitive gymnastics and swimming to a National Standard level, I teach and understand the psyche of the athlete in intense training. I recommend at least 2x classes per week as yoga offers many benefits to individuals and “THE TRAINING ATHLETE”.
Generally when an individual is in intense training the body can become tight and inflexible from all the strength work from running, cycling, and weights etc .Yoga helps with flexibility and the style I teach (“The Knowing Flow” Vinyasa sequences personally developed) is a dynamic practice that maintains strength and stamina as well. With the flexibility aspect being incorporated and more elasticity developed in the muscle groups, this assists in preventing or recovering from injury.
Often individuals have muscle soreness from intense training. The focused breath work involved shifts built up lactic acid and assists in quicker recovery from muscle fatigue and soreness as well as improving energy levels. A well balanced Yoga sequence will also help align the body and muscle group platforms. Generally I find Athletes in training can become highly stressed and within the classes I teach as mentioned is focused “Pranayama or breathing techniques which calm the nervous system and allows the body’s natural relaxants including endorphins to flow.
I also teach “Dyhana” which is stillness meditation to focus, clear and energise the mind. By offering concepts to allow the Athlete to beware of the psychological mind and shift negative blocks is what gives the individual the edge. I offer individuals concepts and skills to improve the Athletes physical and psychological performance.
How often do you incorporate yoga practice during your training program?