Yoga For Recovery Helps Set You Up For The Week's Training
Every Monday at 7:30 pm, I go live on the Simple Endurance Coaching Facebook page to lead a short Yoga for Recovery class.
I am not a former dancer; I cannot get into pretzley yoga poses.
I teach yoga for people like me who struggle with flexibility and mobility.
The only time you actually make gains in strength, speed, and/or endurance is during recovery.
That’s when your body heals itself from the damage you cause. Your body adapts to the training stress.
Recovery Yoga helps with recovery, along with increased mobility and increased core stability.
We combine elements of Gentle, Restorative, and Yin Yoga into a 30-minute practice that leaves you feel more recovered, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
We first practice our breathing, then move on to some gentle and slow hip opening poses, spinal twists, and easy backbends.
Yoga for Recovery Brings Balance Into Our Lives
Yoga can make us more well-rounded athletes, both with our physical being and our emotional control. You can activate more parts of your body, in different directions and movement patterns, with yoga.
Think of running and cycling. We repeat the same motions thousands of times.
We move in different planes and with different muscles to balance our bodies.
And regardless of the kind of yoga we practice, we learn to stabilize our bodies through and because of our core. So as we move, we learn to use our core/torso as the means of controlling and moving the rest of our body.
Yoga for Recovery breaks us out of the bent-over position on the bike and forward movement on the run.
You can activate more parts of your body, in different directions and movement patterns, with yoga
Yoga Helps Us Control Our Emotions
Yoga is primarily conscious breathing practice, and we move with our breath. When you practice breathing, you can calm yourself, calm the chatter in your brain, and become your best self.
Yoga for recovery or rejuvenation helps teach us to calm ourselves, to settle our nervous system. We learn control over our nerves and emotions.
During breath practice, we also learn to focus our attention on the air coming into our noses.
So when our thoughts are wandering, our nerves are getting to us, or we’re having problems falling asleep, we can consciously refocus our attention on our breath and regain control of our emotions.
Breath Practice Helps Emotional Control
The challenge for all cyclists and runners doing gentle, restorative, or yin yoga is that the practice is slow! It can be especially an issue for someone like me, with ADHD.
But the more I focus on breathing practice, the more I can relax into a pose. And that’s when I feel the relaxation deepen, even during the short Yoga for Recovery class.
Holding a pose for longer than usual also helps develop mental control. You can’t go to the edge or be competitive in your mind during calming yoga.
Yoga for Rev oery Is Non-Competitive
Our Yoga for Recover is the opposite of competition.
You are not there to accomplish anything.
You aren’t there to reach any PRs or finally get into the perfect Triangle pose.
We come to the recovery yoga class to release and relax.
And that happens with breath practice and sitting in a pose for a while.
Not Sure About Yoga for Recovery?
Try it! Mondays at 7:30 pm on my Facebook Live page.
We also have online classes for Everyday Athletes – and everyone else – at 6 am Tuesday and 6 pm Thursday.
The class schedule is here.
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