Incorporate yoga into your training program to improve flexibility, mobility and maybe even your personal bests. Incorporating yoga and other forms of rehabilitative therapy and exercises like self-myofascial release (using foam roller), static & dynamic stretching and mediation. Doing this will noticeably improve your flexibility, stability and range of motion. It is also found to help you feel more relaxed and improve recovery post exercise.
Here are a few yoga poses that are going to help you prevent injuries and help with mobility issues; as well as improve you strength and personal bests:
YOGA POSE #1: DOWNWARD FACING DOG
This pose is great because it’s an active stretch for your calf muscles, which have a tendency to tighten up.
YOGA POSE #2: SINGLE PIGEON
It stretches, groin (Hip flexors) and back, helpful for those who hold tension in their lower body. Helps loosen up the hips and IT bands.
YOGA POSE #3: STANDING FORWARD FOLD
Standing forward fold, with hands interlaced behind the back of your legs helps pull tight shoulders back and open. Great for improving shoulder flexibility and stability.
YOGA POSE #4: LIZARD
This pose is a bit more difficult especially those with tight hips. Its also quite intense and it really stretches the hip flexors.
YOGA POSE #5: WARRIOR ONE
Focus one your knee alignment with this pose, avoid it turning inward. Keeping the knees from rolling inward is crucial to injury prevention, and Warrior 1 creates a nice muscle memory of this concept. This pose will help improve your lunges.
YOGA POSE #6: RECLINED SPINAL TWIST
This is a really satisfying lower back stretch, and just feels so good.
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