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Yoga Means Athleticism

Some of the benefits of yoga include reduction in anxiety, increase in core strength, increase in flexibility, improvement in balance, and it is a great cross training workout.  For a more in depth article of the benefits of yoga, please go the following link.

My Yoga Journal     
March 16, 2004 -- Issue 92

Your weekly dose of yoga tips, information, and advice.

Usually when I tell people that I finished an Ironman triathlon--an all-day event consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon--they accuse me of insanity. "Why would you do that to yourself?" they ask. "And doesn't that conflict with your yoga practice?" 


My answer is that my coach was one of my best yoga teachers, although he knew little about the subject, and that without yoga, I would never have been able to finish an Ironman. Yoga helped my athletic endeavors in a host of physical ways: it strengthened my core muscles (which protected my joints), it increased my ability to use oxygen, and it kept my body loose and open even after long training sessions. 


But the most significant benefits from yoga were mental. Yoga taught me how to approach a challenge with equanimity, how to breathe through discomfort, and how to stay centered even when things got rough. 


This issue focuses on how yoga can complement your other athletic interests. It also answers a question I hear often from readers: "Can yoga keep you fit?" 
 
Links
 
Yoga for Basketball:
 
Yoga for Cyclist:
 
Yoga for Runners:
 
Yoga for Skiers:
 
Yoga For Swimmers:
 
Yoga for Tennis Players:
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