IS YOGA FOR ME?
Looking to improve your climbing? Your cycling? Your Crossfitting? Or just looking to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and mental control? Join N3C’s Yoga!
This yoga practice moves through a sequence of yoga postures connecting movement with breath. Students will be lead through a series of asana (postures or poses) that will help build strength, flexibility, mind/body/breath awareness and create heat in the body. Students will experience a balanced practice, and will be given opportunities to go deeper into postures with guidance. As you gain more discipline over your body, you will find a corollary discipline will develop in the mind, because the two really go together.
You! N3C’s yoga classes are crafted to take advantage of our unique environment and to specifically target positions and movements that benefit climbers and other athletes. They are for all levels – from beginners through experienced yogis. Come check us out, you won’t regret it!
Every athlete – irrespective of sport or discipline – has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice. I’d go so far as to say that if you’re not practicing yoga, you’re competing at a disadvantage and missing an opportunity to enhance peak performance.
Here are a few benefits athletes can reap from yoga:
- Improved Strength: Routine and consistent practice of the various yoga asanas (poses or postures) has helps build strength and improve lean muscle mass. Most notably with respect to several muscle groups under-utilized by athletes depending on what their sport is. These gains have enhanced core body stability and significantly impeded overuse injury by strengthening the supportive but otherwise under-developed muscles surrounding the more utilized muscles, creating a more balanced and optimally functional overall strength.
- Balance: Through a consistent yoga practice, coordination and balance can improved immensely. Why is this important? Better balance and coordination means enhanced control over how you move your body, which in turn leads to better technique and form — the brass ring every athlete spends a career refining.
- Flexibility: Yoga invariably improves joint and muscular flexibility, which is crucial to the body’s overall structural soundness. Enhanced joint and muscle pliancy translates to greater range of motion, or an increase in the performance latitude for a particular movement or series of movements. In turn, this increased range of motion provides a greater ability to strength condition a particular muscle group. The more you work to maintain your flexibility (something that wanes with age), the less likely you are to suffer an overuse injury.
- Mental Control: The physical benefits of yoga for the athlete are huge. But they’re nothing in comparison to the more ephemeral benefits. Most people, particularly athletes, tend to think of yoga as a great “workout” – a means to tighten the core, flatten the stomach and tone that butt. Sure, it does that. But as soon as the rigorous portion of the class comes to a close and it’s time for savasana (corpse pose), otherwise known as the meditative portion of the session where the student lies down on his or her back for a period of quiet meditation, most people flee for the door, ducking out early under the false belief that this most important asana is optional and unnecessary – the hard work is done.Not only are these people wrong, they’re missing the point of yoga entirely. Because savasana is where the magic happens. Deprive yourself of this experience and you are missing out on the best and most beneficial part of the practice. From a traditionalist point of view, the series of physically challenging yoga asanas were originally designed for a specific purpose that has nothing to do with the strength or flexibility. Instead, they were conceived and organized solely as a means to prepare the mind and body to reap maximum benefit from the important meditation that follows, which, taken as a whole, is a routine designed not to give you a nice butt, but to improve your ability to quell, quiet and control the impulses of the mind — to clean mental house, center focus and promote serenity by silencing the endless and seemingly unmanageable mental chatter that invades our daily experience and undermines the expression of our “best self” within.In other words, savasana is the most important part of the practice for the athlete (and everyone). Why? Because the mind is a mysterious contraption, more often than not an actual enemy, constantly impulsing us with negative and fear-based signals that keep us trapped, afraid and all too often paralyzed to unlock the dormant and untapped potential within that is yearning to come out.
Adapted from Mind Body Green, “Why Every Athlete Should do Yoga” By Rich Roll