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Physical Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Updated on December 27, 2015


Yoga is most popular for its ability to provide fitness benefits to practitioners. In fact, it is widely looked at as a fitness tool in the west and its number of practitioners just keep growing over the years as new yoga techniques are innovated to shape up, improve, or develop your physical body's capacity.

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Increasing Energy Through Yoga

There are four recommended poses for yoga for increased energy. These exercises are approximately done for about 20 minutes each.

*Arm Pumps: As you sit on haunches, bring your fingers together such that your hands are clasped and your palms are looking outward. As you bring your arms overhead, inhale. Whenever you lower your hands, exhale. It is important that you begin slowly and gradually increase your pace and breathing.

*Stretch Pose: You will perform this seated while your legs are in a “V” formation. Wrap each pointer finder with the corresponding toes. Your back must be straight when you inhale, while it produces a slight arch as you exhale.

*Back Platform Pose: While in a seated position, bring your legs to the front while your hands are behind. Whenever your butt is lifted off the floor, exhale air out of your lungs. Take note of proper alignment while performing this exercise.

*Spinal Flex:

Power Yoga Strength for Beginners

Increasing Strength Through Yoga

There is a wide variety of yoga exercises performed to improve body strength. However, Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most popular choices of exercise for this particular fitness benefit. It is ideally performed between 5 to 10 times each day. The sequence of poses is as follows:

  1. Upward Salute
  2. Forward Bend
  3. Plank
  4. Upward Facing Dog
  5. Downward Facing Dog
  6. Forward Bend
  7. Upward Salute

As you can see, the first two poses are repeated in the end. The Upward Salute and Forward Bend are two poses that have different properties such as getting into position and getting out of a position for another sequence of posture.

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Better Endurance Through Yoga

Physical endurance is a prize to have for athletes or other individuals who partake in physical activities on a regular basis. According to yoga experts, you can only experience benefits in terms of your endurance level by performing a pose for at least 10 times daily. While doing these poses, it is important to take note of your breathing patterns as well.

The following recommended poses must be done in 10-20 sequences with corresponding breathing patterns:

*Camel Pose: This is quite a challenging pose, therefore you must begin by finding a comfortable position. Start with a kneeling position and draw your hands to either side of the body. Open up your chest slowly as you move it forward. Extend your hands to the back such that it touches your heels. Along with your chest, bring your hips forward. The final touch to this is allowing your head to come back, exposing your throat.

*Boat Pose: Experts consider this to be the most demanding of all Ashtanga Yoga poses. While in a seated position, allow your legs to come up to about a 45-degree angle. Strengthen up your spine such that it creates a “V” formation. You might need to use strength from your abdomen area to maintain this position. Extend your arms straight forward.

Beginning Yoga Stretch and Strength

How Does Power Yoga Increase Energy?

If you want to power up your physical ability, then power yoga is what you need to practice. It is the western counterpart of Ashtanga Yoga that comprises of intense and demanding poses that are designed specifically to enhance and strengthen one's physical ability. As the name implies, it comes with rigorous exercises that give your body a full workout.

Power yoga is not original but instead borrows concepts from other yoga philosophies such as Bikram yoga and Iyengar Yoga. It has two basic emphasis: the basic yoga poses and its proper execution. As with any regular workout, it is important to begin with a warmup in power yoga to condition the body for the workout that is about to happen.

Suggested Power Yoga Exercises

If you want to increase body strength, you can perform the following power yoga exercises:

*Vinsaya Yoga – This power yoga technique involves breath-synchronized movement in a sequence of poses that can be quite vigorous.
*Salute to the Sun – This sequence consists of 12 poses in total performed in one gracious flow with corresponding breathing patterns.
*Chaturanga Dandasana – Also known as the Four Limb Staff Yoga Pose, which provides better balance, strength, and stability in various muscle groups such as the biceps, triceps, abdominal, deltoid, and scapular muscles, among others.

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Yoga for Athletes

The idea of incorporating yoga as part of cross-training for an athletic event is no longer a new thing. In fact, it has become a recent trend among athletes who want to stay competitive in their respective fields.

The various poses and exercises performed in yoga help produce a variety of physical and fitness benefits including increased strength, energy level, and endurance. All these fitness components are essential in overcoming physical difficulties and challenges that athletes face on a regular basis.

Improving Athletic Performance Through Yoga

There are two vital reasons how yoga can be beneficial for athletes: enhancing overall performance and preventing injuries.

First off, the focus on breathing helps an athlete build stronger stamina. This is a core concept in sports competition that require intense amount of physical activity. The better your breathing pattern is, the longer it takes for you to become fatigued.

Sports injuries are also quite common, hence it is important to condition your body from the amount of physical strain it will be subjected to. Proper balance, flexibility and alignment are crucial factors in injury prevention.

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Improving Mental Capability

The mental benefits of performing yoga for athletes are more profound than the physical enhancements they provide. A strong will and mental capacity is what enables an athlete to push through their limits, especially when the physical challenge ahead appears to be quite insurmountable. Here are just some of the benefits that yoga offers:

  • Yoga enables an athlete to attain proper mental focus. This is important because proper mind control affects your breathing pattern. Aside from that, your ability to focus is also crucial in keeping your mind on your goal.
  • Yoga helps one deal with stress more efficiently. Some people, despite being good athletes, are affected by the stress caused by extreme competition. In worst cases, it also affects their performance level.
  • Yoga helps build awareness of your physical body. This will enable you to make necessary changes to your body alignment or performance. The better your performance is, the more you become confident about your ability to win the competition.

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