Yoga is for Everyone

Whether you are an athlete or someone struggling with arthritis, yoga is an excellent activity to incorporate into your life.

For the very active, yoga offers deeper stretching and loosening of tight joints. Those new to exercise can benefit from gentle yoga, as can those who suffer from chronic pain.

Here are three reasons why yoga should be part of your routine.

  1. Develop Muscle Balance & Joint Mobility
    Routine exercise can leave athletes strong in some areas, but inflexible and even weak in others. Yoga works the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion, activating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers. Movements in yoga allow muscles, tendons, and ligaments to move through a full range of motion thus cultivating balance and core strength. Yoga works not just in the sagittal plane but in the frontal and transverse plans as well.
     
  2. Reduce Injuries
    Runners have tight hamstrings and cyclists often have tight quadriceps. Yoga can help you recover faster after workouts, open up the tight areas that hinder performance, and prevent injury. For example, properly strengthening the muscles of the core will improve alignment and lessen muscle imbalances that lead to overuse injuries such at IT band syndromes, and plantar fasciitis.
     
  3. Improve Mental Focus
    Yoga helps to relax not just tight muscles, but also anxious and over-stressed minds. We can all agree day-to-day stress can take a toll on the body. Yoga emphasizes mental focus, deep breathing, and being in the moment. Practicing these techniques not only makes us better during physical activity but it can drastically improve our everyday life.

Ready to get started? Try out a yoga class or schedule a private yoga consultation.

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