Yoga For Athletes

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Yoga imparts health benefits to all age groups from kids to adults, then how come athletes remain at bay? There are certain yoga asanas and postures which aim at enhancing the muscle endurance and strength.

Athletes need strong muscle power which is provided by doing yoga regularly. Yoga has an ancient history of which we are all aware of, but it is equally being acknowledged in modern sports and athletic activities as a part of fitness training program. At some places, it is compulsory to get trained through yoga asanas. Few poses are a must for every athlete. Let us check them out.

Backbend Pose

Continuous sitting may lead to stiffness of muscles. To stretch body properly, one must go for the backbend pose. Lie upside down initially. Place your hands adjacent to your body with palms facing up. Exhale and then at the same time lift your legs up and bend your lower legs. Then try bringing your heels as close to the buttocks as possible. Hold your ankles to be more comfortable. Your knees must be hip distance apart. Inhale next and try lifting up your ankles away from the buttocks. Thighs should not touch the floor either. Lift your face upward and breathe while holding it for a duration of 20 to 30 seconds.

Cobra Pose

Cobra pose is not only good for kids but athletes as well. After heavy weight lifting when your body needs proper stretching, lie upside down or lie on your tummy. Press your feet against the ground. Lift up your upper half of the body. Press your hands against the floor and keep hands shoulders apart. Keep your fingers wide apart. Do not place your elbows on the floor. While inhaling, straighten up your arms. Thighs and feet must be pressed against the ground. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Then exhale and lie back flat on the floor.

Low lunge Crescent Pose

For performing a lunge, step up front the right foot forward in between your hands. Make sure your right knee is placed on your heel. Then, makes sure the left leg is pulled back, and you feel a stretch in your thigh and groin. The top of your left foot will touch the ground. Keep your arms on your right knee, must be swayed away from the shoulders. Lift your neck upward slightly and hold for a minute. Keep on alternating the sides. We must have heard about those athletes who are consistent yoga doers. The reasons are many.

Let us try to understand the advantages yoga has in store for athletes:

·         Athletes need the flexibility of muscles along with strength. Yoga does this job by circulating the blood to the muscles and making the muscle even more powerful.

·         To win a game is vital for an athlete. Hence, it is critical for an athlete to figure out his strength and weaknesses. Yoga helps in knowing the weak as well as the high point. So, the sportsman can work on the flaws and improve them. It will assist him in delivering a better performance in the game. ·

Injuries are quite common while playing any sport. But if you are a regular yoga doer, if any damage occurs while being in the sport, then your muscles will be strong enough to heal quickly. There are lots of yoga asanas which strengthen overall many groups of muscles of upper as well as lower body half.

The benefits of yoga for athletes are innumerable. Just by sparing out few minutes of busy schedule, athletes can relax and feel powerful as ever every time they will play the sport.

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