Yoga For Sports

Yoga For Sports

 

Enhances performance

Whatever sport you practice, yoga can help you improve your performance. Regular practice of yoga can increase muscle flexibility throughout the body and mobilise the joints, as well as increasing core strength. Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation can help you focus your mind, regulate your breathing and improve your lung capacity.

 

Prevents injury

If your body is flexible and supple you will be less prone to sports injuries. Although you can focus on particular postures for your chosen sport, it is preferable to carry out a range of asanas to benefit the whole body.

 

How yoga can help in specific sports

Rugby and football  Yoga helps lengthen hamstrings, quadriceps and groin; common problem areas in these sports.

Racket sports  Tennis, badminton or squash players may be prone to one-sided or uneven muscle development. Yoga asanas can strengthen weak areas and ease muscular tension. Yoga also promotes clear thinking; useful in situations that call for fast reactions.

Swimming  Breathing exercises can help swimmers regulate their breathing and enhance lung capacity for more efficiency when swimming. Increased flexibility from yoga will make for a more agile swimmer.

Cycling   A cyclist’s back stays in one position for long periods, so the muscles often become tense. This can be remedied with back bends and stretches. Stiffness in the legs can also be eased through yoga. See ‘Events’ tab for informationson yoga at cycling weekends around the UK in 2014.

Running  Yoga keeps the leg muscles flexible (hamstrings, hip flexors, shins, calves). Helps maintain focus in long distances, such as marathon running (some runners chant a mantra internally to help them keep going).

Walking / trekking  Yoga stretches tight calves and hamstrings. Relieves stiff backs and shoulders from carrying packs.

Golf  A better posture and controlled breathing encourages a more even and relaxed ball address, improving swing. Greater core strength and flexibility enhances all areas of game.

For more info about yoga for sport in Winchester, contact Lorna:

Email lorna@lunayoga.co.uk
Phone 07775 732644

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