The 7 Best Yoga Poses For Athletes
I’ve been kicking my strength-training routine into high gear lately to make up for slacking on the weights over the holidays — and to start getting extra-toned for my big day this summer!
While it feels great to be pumping iron again, I’m not going to lie, I have been so sore the past week. It’s amazing how easily you lose strength in just a few weeks away from the gym.
To soothe my tired muscles, I’ve been turning more and more to yoga.
Throwing in a yoga day between intense strength training is a great way to give your muscles time to repair. The stretching helps correct muscle imbalances, improves your joint range of motion and decreasing the risk of athletic injuries.
Best of all, it makes you feel good. A deep yoga stretch is like a giving yourself a mini massage. And when you feel good, you’ll perform better.
You don’t need to go to a yoga studio to to get your om on. Try these 7 moves at home to help you come back stronger and recover faster between workouts.
7 Yoga Poses for Athletes
Standing Side Bend
Stretches the lats (back), obliques and shoulders.
Cow Face Pose – aka Gomukhasana
Stretches the triceps, rotator cuff, upper back and chest.
*Tip: If you can’t clasp your hands together behind your back with ease, grab a rope or towel and hold on to either side to make up the distance.
Stretches hip flexors, hamstrings and quads.
Squat Post – aka Malasana
Stretches the groin, lower back and hip flexors.
Gate Pose – aka Parighasana
Stretches the hamstrings, adductors and calves.
Dolphin Pose – aka Makarasana
Stretches the triceps, shoulders, back and hamstrings.
Half Moon Bow – aka Ardha Chandra Chapasana
Stretches the hip flexors, chest and quads.
I take my clients at Sweat Garage through a very similar stretch routine after our circuit workouts and many have told me how much it helps improve their recovery time.
You can find out more about these poses with specific instructions on Gaiam TV’s My Yoga website. Right now you can also get a free month of access to My Yoga Online and try all of their amazing yoga videos with the purchase of any Stayfree® product.
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