Yoga is a methodology that incorporates several tools that bring us many benefits, between the connection of body and mind. They are: joint mobility, flexibility, muscle toning, body and space awareness, respiratory awareness and emotional management / balance.
But is Yoga a main or complementary activity? In fact, Yoga can be an excellent complement to other sports activities, but also addressed as a main activity.
We can consider the practice of yoga in 3 ways (do not confuse yoga and stretching)
- Yoga as a pre-workout (preparation for training)
- Yoga as training
- Post-workout yoga (recovery from more intense workouts)
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From softer approaches to Yoga (like Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga), to more dynamic and demanding approaches (like Power Yoga or Hot Yoga), we can consider the practice to gain muscle structure and mobility, while simultaneously developing body awareness , thus working on the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.
In addition to the physical benefits, Yoga is also a methodology for achieving well-being and is wrapped in a philosophy of ethical principles applicable to our daily lives. Hence the practice of yoga goes far beyond physical activity, it is also a philosophy and a way of being in life.
We can perfectly integrate the practice of Yoga in our day-to-day, as a main or complementary “training”, we do not need specific preparation or change/adopt a certain style of life to start doing yoga, we don't need to aspire to “enlightenment”...
Yoga as a complementary activity is already used by countless athletes in the most diverse modalities, including high competition, with the aim of achieving results and objectives, and I think that we should all practice some type of yoga.
By Cláudia Cesário, Yoga Instructor
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