Yoga for Cross Training

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 1st, 2008 | 3 Comments
topic: Yoga

Yoga WomanBack in the day when I was a ballet dancer, I was using yoga as a way to balance my body and my emotional states of being. Yoga was extraordinary in balancing my dance body and advancing my abilities in dance. Injury prevention, improving coordination, balancing right and left sides, breath awareness and integration, greater relaxation in all situations, and mindfulness, were some of the main benefits that yoga gave to my dance career.

Yoga as a cross-training endeavor cannot be surpassed. No matter what sport you participate in, your body always needs to be balanced. It is like aligning the wheels of your car. The performance is better and the longevity increases. The balancing of the body in yoga happens very simply: All poses are done to both sides. In the poses, you are always looking for and exploring your center. You find your full range of movement in every joint with a large variety of postures that require different rhythms and coordinations. Just as much as the physical benefits, come mental concentration and awareness. You learn how to concentrate in your body through precise alignment and you increase awareness through constant observation of body sensations, thoughts, and emotional shifts.

With a simple but complete yoga practice one is given the ultimate cross training for any sport and the ultimate balance for everyday life.

Comments

  1. It is true. As a result of my yoga practice mostly using Rodney Yee videos, I am exceptionally flexible despite my 60 years. It balances with weights and swimming to keep me fit.

    Jon | April 19th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. I concur!! being an athlete and a former bodybuilder.. i found rodney yees tape and started using his tapes and his teachings.. i am fast approaching 50 and play in a softball league with guys half my age and theyre amazed at my level of play.. when they ask me how i do it, i say crosstraining/ rodney yee yoga/ and qi gong.. they look as if im speaking in a foreign language!! too bad they dont quite get it yet that crosstraining with yoga is the key to longetivity balance power and quickness..
    cheers!!!

    nino surdo | May 9th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. I have been doing yoga as part of my cross training regimen (T’ai Chi, kung fu, qigong, walking, stair climbing, and Nordic Track ski machine) over a year ago and feel better than I have in many years. Two days a week of yin yoga and four days of more yang style yoga have me stronger and more flexible than most guys my age (52) that I know.

    Manny | December 2nd, 2008 | Comment Permalink

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