More and more people discover the amazing benefits yoga and meditation adds to the overall performance and well-being for people that engage in HIIT, weight lifting, endurance sports or crossfit.
When incorporating yoga and mindfulness into their regimes, athletes become faster and/or can exercise longer. They experience better muscle balance and posture and this in turn reduces injury rate and improved training continuity and thus overall training results.
Mindfulness & meditation significantly improves mental strength and ultimately overall performance. Better breathing increases the oxygen flow to the lungs and deep exhalation supports the body in releasing waste from the body.
Yoga and breathing exercise should complement the training, replacing some volume with yoga and mindfulness is beneficial in the long run. Find a style where the focus is to perform the yoga poses with proper alignment, such as Anusara Yoga, Hatha Yoga or Iyengar Yoga. Restorative yoga such as Yin Yoga is great for recovering on resting days.
Through yoga, and mindfulness meditation you can expect:
- Increased (core) stability
- Increased flexibility
- Increased body awareness
- Increased mental focus
- Better breathing technique
- Improved balance and posture
- Enhanced physical and mental recovery
- Reduced injury risk
- Increased range of movement
It’s all about balance, effort and surrender. A balanced training regime helps to unleash the incredible and unlimited capacities of the body and mind!