Yoga is essential to both injury prevention and management as it plays a corrective role in repairing and preventing injuries.As a corrective method it can repair muscular imbalances, while also preventing overuse injuries and increase your longevity. Yoga is valuable for high intensity athletes and can also help people with jobs that require sitting for 8 or more hours a day. This can cause injury and damage joints, muscles and organs. So whether your injury has been caused by overuse or lack thereof, the best medicine for injury prevention and management is to become aware of your body. Which is the synthesis of yoga itself.
Yoga allows you to check in with your physical and emotional body more intimately. Body awareness is critical to injury prevention and management. If you’re more aware of messages and signals your body is sending you, you’ll be more likely to notice parts of the body that need attention before injury occurs. At the same time it will allow you to focus on parts of the body that may already need healing.
Oftentimes in yoga you’ll find yourself holding poses for an extended period of time. This has a considerable positive effect on tight, sore, and inflamed muscles, as well as tissues, fascia and joints. Holding poses for longer than 60 seconds helps to restore and rebuild connective tissue. You’ll find relief from bone, joint and muscle pain, as well as reduce stress and tension in the body. Partner this with breathing techniques and you’ll also benefit from improved circulation and promote healing in the body.
Restorative yoga is helpful for both injury prevention and management. It’s great for high intensity athletes and those who have already sustained an injury and need healing. Though it may be tough for a high intensity athlete to slow down, it’s imperative to restore and rebuild. Constant activity and impact will only break the body down further and cause injury. This type of yoga can help you recover from high intensity training and slowing down the body will build awareness.
How Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation Can Help
- Sharpen mental focus
- Build body awareness
- Increase flexibility
- Develop agility
- Improve balance; physically and mentally
- Develop strength
- Restore & rebuild
- Relief from pain
Who Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation Can Help
- High intensity athletes
- Those who suffer from inactivity, low back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Someone struggling with an injury; sport and non-sport related
- The elderly
- Improve agility & posture
- Increase sense of well-being
- Better quality of life
- People who have cardiovascular concerns
- Reduce blood pressure
- Decrease in episodes of chest pain
- Improved exercise tolerance
- Weight loss
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