"Health is firmness in body, stability in mind, and clarity in thinking."
-- BKS Iyengar
A successful athlete is a balanced athlete. Ironically, even with the best intentions, repetitive motion activities such as endurance sports tend to create imbalance in the body either through the shortening of soft tissue, misalignment of the skeletal structure, and even imbalance in the endocrine and nervous systems.
The intention of Iyengar Yoga is initially to create perfect balance in the body and thus provide a foundation for a deeper level of awareness and connection with the true self (soul). The effects of asanas (poses) are many, but particularly beneficial to the athlete, yoga helps achieve balance within by improving circulation, freedom of movement, alignment and mobility in the joints, organ function, awareness and concentration.
◦ Improves musculoskeletal alignment
◦ Stimulates circulation and organ function
◦ Increases metabolism of stored fat
◦ Improves muscular recovery
◦ Increases body/self awareness
◦ Creates a greater equilibrium of strength
◦ Increases range of motion
◦ Injury prevention
Unlock your potential by unlocking your hips and shoulders. Align your spine to play injury free. Balance your nervous system to promote optimal recovery.
Cycling-related effects on the body: The position maintained while cycling can develop imbalance in the hips and back, often resulting in discomfort in the lower back, shoulders and neck, in addition to muscular tightness in the legs. Many specific poses address these imbalances.
Both cycling and swimming-related effects on the body, specifically in the shoulders and back. Swimming develops strength in the upper arms, back and shoulders, but often at the expense of muscle length and freedom of shoulder movement. Many poses that address these areas, help aligning the spine and freeing the shoulders.
Yoga is ideal for runners and cyclists, as it is attentive to the alignment from the pelvic girdle and its effects on the spine. Running recruits the largest percentage of skeletal muscle of the three most popular endurance sports. The biomechanics of running can be improved with better alignment and range of motion, while reducing risk of injury.
Restorative poses promote balance in the commonly overworked systems of the body, particularly the nervous and endocrine systems. The high-energy aspects of daily activities, whether they be exercise or work, can place significant stress on both the mind and the body. This stress literally stimulates a “fight or flight” response that creates damage in the body. Restorative poses reduce and even counteract this response, promoting better recovery and greater peace within.