If you live an active lifestyle and regularly engage in sports and fitness training, you know how important it is to stick to your workout routines to achieve your fitness goals. However, overworking your joints and muscles can lead to debilitating injuries, which is why we recommend supplementing your workouts with some yoga. Yoga is perfect for stretching out your muscles to provide them with the mobility they need during intense workouts.
Here at Facet Seven, we provide yoga classes to enhance your core strength, mobility, and balance to complement your workout program. Doing these yoga poses before or after workouts is a good way of reducing the risks of muscle strains and injuries.
The child's pose is one of the simpler yoga poses and is perfect for both beginners and seasoned yoga practitioners. This pose helps relax the neck, spine, and shoulders. It provides hip-opening benefits and improves blood circulation to the head. To do this pose, follow these steps.
- Start by sitting on your heels.
- Slowly bring your torso forward and rest your head on the ground in front of you.
- Extend your arms to the front of the mat with your palms facing down to deepen the stretch.
Downward facing dog
This pose provides various benefits such as strengthening your arms and shoulders, stretches your hamstrings and calves, tones your waist and core, strengthens your back and stretches your spine, and improves blood circulation to your brain. Here’s how to do this pose.
- Start on all fours and make sure your hands are hip-distance apart.
- Tuck your toes then lift your hips up and back, then send the weight to your legs.
- Try to spread your fingers and toes as wide as you can to get as much grounding as possible.
If you're suffering from a tight hip, then this pose is perfect for you. The pigeon pose stretches your hip flexors, relaxes your psoas and piriformis muscles, and opens your gluteus minimus and maximus. Here’s how you do the pigeon pose.
- Start out on all fours with your knees below your hips and your hands below your shoulders.
- Slide your right knee forward to a position between your hands with your right heel just underneath your left hip.
- With your toes tucked under, extend your left leg straight back behind you while keeping your hips square and facing forward.
- Slowly face upward and hold the position for five seconds.
- Return to an all-fours position.
The cobra pose is one of the most popular poses in yoga and helps with reducing stress and anxiety. This pose helps stretch and strengthen your spinal column, and tones your buttocks, legs, and shoulders. Follow these steps to do this pose.
- Lie down on your belly with your palms in line with your shoulders.
- With your elbows close to your torso and chin on the ground, slowly raise your upper body without using your arms.
If you're experiencing mobility problems when doing your workouts, give these simple yoga poses a try. They can relax and loosen your tense muscles, reducing your risk of injury. To learn more about the amazing benefits of yoga, schedule a tour of our Heights or Eado facilities today.