You are only as strong as you are flexible, so adding an element of yoga to your training simply makes sense.
If you’re not incorporating flexibility training or yoga into your workout regime, it’s going to catch up with you. There’s no getting around it – you are only as strong as you are flexible! As a personal trainer, if you’re skipping the stretching portion at the end of the session, you are only offering half the training service to your client. One of the most common reasons that fitness professionals do YogaFit Instructor Training is this need to slow down, to stop the pounding on their joints and to add more flexibility to their personal workouts.
1. Ease the wear and tear on your joints
Your joints are going to take a beating in this industry. The focus on deep hip opening stretches in every yoga class releases tension 360 degrees around the hip joint. As the hips begin to relax, this travels down to the knees, ankles and feet, and also through the lower back, including piriformis, QL and extensors. This is particularly important for runners and cyclists, whose activities feature little lateral movement.
2. Release tension from your neck and spine
The focus on breath throughout a yoga class helps ease tension from the body. Considering that most of us hold our tension in our neck and traps, this is a great place to start. From there, the many twists performed, either seated or supine, also greatly help to relax the spine in a position that we don’t often find ourselves in while performing other sports or fitness activities. Top that off with the core strengthening weaved throughout class, and you’re on your way to creating more mobility throughout your whole body.
3. Increase overall range of motion
The thing with yoga is that in nearly every pose you work every muscle concentrically and eccentrically, and also include isometric holds. Yoga teaches you to breathe and lengthen into poses. Standing poses such as Warrior 1 work on muscular strength through one side of the body and stretch through the other side; this is then reversed when the opposite leg is brought forward. This means that you work on flexibility throughout the entire class, not just in the last few minutes.
Lisa Greenbaum holds her E-RYT 500 in yoga and is the Program Development Manager for YogaFit Australia and Director of YogaFit Canada.
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