𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐭..
The most common questions I’m asked by patients, clients and athletes is whether they should start yoga to stop being ‘so tight’ or to help with their injury.
My answer for years has been the same: NO.
𝐘𝐨𝐠𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠. You don’t need yoga to work on your ranges of motion 👉 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐈𝐍 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘨𝘢 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨.
𝘠𝘰𝘨𝘢 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧, it’s a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices whose main components are specific postures and breathing.
Doing yoga to improve your flexibility is like doing gymnastics or Olympic Weightlifting to improve your ranges - flexibility is a key element in all these sports, but it’s not their sole focus.
And 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤 𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘫𝘶𝘳𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺.
👉 Even people whose sport is yoga might supplement it with more targeted work when they struggle to achieve a specific position.
Yoga focuses on specific poses; depending on your sport these might be relevant to you or not.
Even classes labelled as “yoga for athletes” or “yoga for sport” will still generally follow specific poses.
𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐍𝐄𝐄𝐃 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐠𝐚, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐒𝐄 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨.
🧘♀️ 𝘠𝘰𝘨𝘢 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧; when you want to combine your flexibility training with relaxation, meditation, breathing work and you like the spiritual element of it.
🏋️♀️ If it doesn’t suit your believes or lifestyle, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦! You can for example use part of your strength training to focus on flexibility.
👉 If you are looking to address specific restrictions to improve your movement for daily li