Yoga for Athletes – A practice for the skeptics
I recently started working out on regular basis at Chris Anthony Fitness studio and discovered that my body is not as strong as I assumed it would be from simply practicing yoga. I have a fairly consistent yoga practice and I thought that yoga would be enough. A few months of CA Training and I already feel stronger in my yoga practice and stronger in the gym, but strength is not everything nor is flexibility.
It takes both to be truly dynamic, efficient and effective. If the human body was all strength and no flex, we couldn’t move and conversely, if we were all flex and no strength we couldn’t stand. There needs to be a balance and a relationship between strength and flexibility that is perfect for each individual which is why I’m working to share the power yoga with the athletic community!
The challenge for me as a I share yoga is to make yoga valid and useful to those who wouldn’t think of practicing. Those who workout at a gym are mostly not that interested in yoga, or so it seems. I hear the excuse “I’m not flexible enough for yoga” (thats exactly why you should start practicing ) or “Thats for girls”, or “I’m too big”, or “I have a bad back” or “My knees are bad” whatever; any of the myriad excuses that come up. My goal is to reach those who have never practiced; athletes who have an established routine; older men who don’t believe it fits their style or may think there is no value for them, because yoga is so truly powerful that even if the most skeptical person took a few classes, they would be profoundly affected. Workout routines and sports activities would be stronger and flow more freely and with less pain.
As we age, we loose our mobility. In fact your mobility is a good indicator for how well you are aging; how easily and pain free one can move. There is the perception that you have to be flexible in order to practice yoga. That’s like sa
ying you need to be strong to go to the gym. If it makes sense that you start at the gym because you are not strong, it should follow that you start practicing yoga because you are not flexible.
In addition to strengthening your muscles, the practice also releases lactic acid buildup that cause stiffness and pain, helping your muscles recover faster. Yoga also effects your endocrine system, activating all the glands that secrete hormones and can be a tremendous support in the battle against Type 2 Diabetes. There is so much more that yoga does for the body, for all of the systems of the body.
I’m so confident that a consistent practice will bring incredible wellbeing into one’s life and peace of mind, I’m willing to offer free Yoga for Athletes classes at CA Fitness just to get you started. Free one-to-one body specific training! Because yoga will help us all age with grace no matter how old you are!