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POP UP! Yoga for Swimmers

June 29, 2019 10:30am - June 29, 2019 11:45am

Practicing yoga can stretch out your body after a swim, relieving neck, shoulder, and back stiffness. Active poses build strength and flexibility; while recovery poses can help to restore balance and alignment. Swimmers who practice yoga can tap deeper into the natural flow of breath and movement, making each stroke even stronger.

Although swimming is low-impact, the repetitive movements can still create imbalances in the body. Yoga can help to restore balance by opening up the chest and shoulders while strengthening the legs. The coordinated movement of arms, torso, and legs in yoga poses can teach swimmers greater integration between their limbs, leading to a more effective stroke.

Pranayama, practiced with asana, brings more awareness to your breathing in any capacity — on or off the mat, in or out of the pool. This enhances your body’s circulation and cardiovascular strength, leading to more efficient and powerful strokes.