Recover and refresh!
Many of you know that yoga is a great practice to destress, improve your fitness, and become more mindful. Yoga is a worthwhile activity for anyone - and especially athletes who deal with tremendous mental and physical pressure.
Practicing yoga is a phenomenal way to improve your mobility and flexibility. Yoga incorporates stretching, which is critical for athletes who have to fight lactic acid. Remember – recovery is part of improvement too!
But did you know that you have your choice between several types of yoga? Which type of yoga is right for you?!
For.a mindful, deep stretch, start with yin yoga. Yin Yoga is slow paced and targets deep connective tissues, like fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. By holding poses for an extended time - up to 20 minutes - your body can lengthen and strengthen areas that are otherwise difficult to reach.
Yoga is also a great way to build strength. Power, vinyasa, and Ashtanga yoga are all forms of Yang Yoga that emphasize strength building. These forms of yoga are fast-paced and target your muscles as opposed to your deep tissue.
There are several different kinds of yoga, but a common thread amongst all forms is the focus on the breath. My yoga instructor even likes to say that "yoga is breath-work with movement!" Making this meditation part of your routine is extraordinary for your physical and mental health. Whether you are a competitive swimmer or not, life can be stressful. Take the time to slow down and give yourself a break - you deserve it!