Yoga for sports is a great cross-training tool to help enhance athletic performance, prevent injuries, strengthen key muscle groups, and improve flexibility.
Overall, yoga creates more space in the body and mind, which aids in mental clarity and performance whenever you engage in your preferred sport.
Long, strong, and supple muscles and connective tissues allow the body to respond to its environment through an increased range of motion and better balance.
As a daily practice, yoga aids in deep, relaxed breathing that calms the nervous system and stimulates brain waves associated with creativity, euphoria, and clear headedness.
Integrating the practice of yoga into your workout regime will improve your physical and mental performance; the psychology of sport is as arduous as the physical commitment.
On Practice with Clara, we’ve created the Yoga for Sports playlist with five unique collections that provide a weekly program to tend to the muscles strained from activity. The collections include Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Cyclists, Yoga for Swimmers, Yoga for Rock Climbers, and Yoga for Skiers/Skateboarders.
Each collection features classes for the days you workout to complement your routine, courses for the days off with longer sequences, and courses for every day of the week with meditation and restorative yoga. Each collection also provides short tutorials featuring tips for injuries and modifications while recovering.
Advantages to Yoga for Sports:
- Relieve sore muscles.
- Strengthen lacking areas to enhance your skills.
- Lengthen muscles to improve flexibility.
- Improve overall agility and movement in day-to-day activities.
- Restore injuries.
- Take conscious rest on your days off.
- Develop mindfulness practices to strengthen your mind and build new neural pathways.
Check out the Yoga for Sports Playlist—we’ve curated collections for cyclists, runners, skiers/skateboarders, swimmers, and rock climbers.
In each collection, you’ll find:
Yoga for the DAYS OFF of the sport
Yoga for the DAYS ON the sport
Meditation for any day of the week
Tutorials for injury and modifications
The intention is to relieve the strain on the muscle groups used in each of the activities and strengthen the areas of the body that are neglected to create a holistic mind/body map for you to feel balanced.
Benefits of yoga for rock climbers:
Release tension in the hands and wrists
Unwind with poses close to the ground
Stretch the front, back, and inner leg lines
Open the front of the chest and side waist
Benefits of yoga for skiers/skateboarders:
Strengthen your core muscles
Release the front of the pelvis, hips, and glutes
Open the front of the chest and shoulders
Stretch your hamstrings and low back