Yoga is one of America’s leading natural therapies used to address acute and chronic conditions. It also promotes a lifetime of health, fitness, and well-being. From physical trainers and professional athletes to overworked professionals and avid gym goes, people have adopted yoga to supplement their workout regimen because of its numerous benefits.
Yoga leads to increased body awareness and flexibility which is great for injury recovery and prevention. Furthermore, yoga relieves stress from the body and mind allowing for increased focus. It can significantly prolong a professional sports career.
To stay active, healthy, and engaged in sports, athletes need corrective modalities that allow them to amend muscular imbalances and prevent overuse injuries to ensure longevity. Yoga offers dynamic returns on investment since it increases strength, agility, flexibility, mental acuity, and balance. It also leads to quick recovery from high-intensity training.
Yin over Yang Yoga
According to YuMee Chung, a Toronto-based advanced yoga instructor and Ashtanga Vinyasa, yoga targets and addresses all the blind spots one has developed while training over the years. Chung advises endurance athletes to do yin yoga, which is a feminine and calming counterpart to the masculine yang movements that are high-intensity.
Yin is surprisingly intense and restorative thanks to its slow, mellow, and focused approach. Its primary focus is on the lower body especially the hips. Furthermore, maintaining poses for at least five minutes tends to have a dramatic effect on the sore, tight, or inflamed muscles, fascia, tissues, and joints.
Sage Rountree – a Yoga Alliance teacher, a certified coach with RRCA and USAT, and the author of the book series called The Athlete’s Guides – also advocates for restorative yoga. Sage said that yoga counters high-impact endurance training. Her runners’ classes are characterized by yin movements like the pigeon pose for hips, eagle pose for ankles and calves, planks for the core, and the arrow lunge for the whole body.
No career in physical therapy is complete without yoga therapy. This is a specialized field that requires at least 800 hours of training to receive certification. The minimum training hours needed to be a certified yoga teacher is 200.
Yoga therapists follow an advanced mind-body approach when applying the practices and teachings of yoga in evaluating individual needs of clients. After evaluation, yoga therapy professionals design effective and balanced programs tailored to address the individual needs of clients like injury prevention and recovery.
For injury prevention, yoga is perfect for warming up before an intense physical activity or training session. Warming up increases mindfulness throughout the session, activates muscles, and lubricates joints for safer and effective movement.
A yoga therapy warm-up includes deep breathing exercises, visualizations, and muscle group specific movements that are more effective than static stretches. Yoga therapy is recommended for those looking to safely increase the intensity of their workouts, those prone to past injuries, or those who easily get distracted during their workouts.
As tempting as it is to push past pain and continue being active after an injury, taking time off to recover is essential. Yoga therapy, especially when used together with physical therapy, helps with stretching and moving the injured body. It also assists with the emotional and mental toll of injury recovery.
Advanced yoga therapists are trained in the human body’s biomedical systems as well as diverse yogic perspectives on conditions, states, structure, and functions of the body and mind. To assist in injury recovery, therapists help clients by designing physical routines that target weak muscles groups, guide them through mindfulness exercises, and serve as support systems throughout the frustrating recovery period.
As Americans demand more complementary and holistic health care approaches, yoga therapists are becoming an essential addition to any professional wellness team. Yoga should be integrated into training programs on an ongoing basis. This allows it to keep the body strong, balanced, and ready to tackle any physical demands.