Let’s debunk a myth here. Yoga is for everyone. Whether you are into running, strength training, kickboxing, boxing or other forms of exercise, yoga classes can be a great way to balance your routine.
When you think of Yoga classes, you may think of a long haired yogi in tie dye with their legs crossed chanting “Ohhhmmmmmm.” But that is not the case in many studios like X3 Sports in Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.
There are several great benefits of yoga classes that stand alone such as flexibility, relaxation, stress reduction and core strength. But how can it improve your regular workout routine?
- Variety – First and foremost, yoga classes provide a break from the norm. When you are used to intense training sessions, yoga classes are a great counter-balance to keep you excited about training and on a consistent routine.
- Faster Recovery – Yoga classes at X3 Sports utilize “Flow Yoga,” which is the Vinyasa style meaning “one with breath.” This style of yoga is great for opening up tighten areas and increasing blood flow to sore muscles. Also, as you improve breathing techniques this can promote better sleep which also aids in recovery.
- Injury Prevention – Many workouts or sports have repetitive movements usually in one direction and in one plane of motion. Over time, this can create imbalances in the muscles and joints leading to injuries. For instance, tight hamstrings and hip flexors will cause the body to recruit from other joints, joints not intended for bearing extra loads. Yoga’s twisting motions and variety of poses will strengthen your joints and stabilizer muscles.
- Increased Output from Workouts –The improved core strength, balance and flexibility allows you to push yourself farther in your intense workout sessions. In addition, you are training your body to breath better leading to optimized oxygen delivery to your muscles. And because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, it increases your ability to get “in the zone," creating improved performance.
If you’ve never taken a class before, check out our Yoga Class Essentials for Beginners blog post for what to expect.
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