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Yoga for Swimmers

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Yoga offers flexibility. It improves the range of motion and helps build muscle
strength. The breath awareness from yoga will translate well into swimming. Since the movements are synchronized with breath. Yoga can ease and counterbalance the swimming practice.

The focus of a yoga practice for swimmers is on strengthening the shoulders and shoulder blades, opening the hips and strengthening the ankles. As in yoga, the whole body is used in the water too. From the fingertips to the toes.

  • Open shoulders will help with strokes.
  • Open hips will benefit the kicks.
  • While the hands and feet fine tune the larger movements of the body.

Practising yoga can prove to be beneficial for professional swimmers and for those who take up the sport as a cardio workout.

Here are 5 reasons why every Swimmer should practice yoga:

  1. Strengthens your core, shoulders, arms, chest, and hips
  2. Improves your flexibility levels
  3. Enhances and boosts stamina
  4. Helps in improving your focus and concentration
  5. Aids in restoring and rejuvenating your energy levels

Some Beneficial Yoga Poses for Swimmers

1. Adho muka svanasana (Downward facing dog)

Key Benefits:

  • Helps in stretching and strengthening your hands, arches, shoulders,
    hamstrings and calves.
  • Helps you to calm down and invigorate yourself.

2. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Key Benefits:

  • Strengthens your spine and lower back.
  • Helps in improving your posture.
  • Enhances the functioning of lungs and heart and improves breathing
    capacity and blood circulation.

3. Gomukhasana (cow face pose)

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Key Benefits:

  • Stretches and strengthens your chest, shoulder, back muscles
    and ankles.
  • Improves your posture.

4. Shalabasana (Locust pose)

Key Benefits:

  • Strengthens the back and core.
  • Stretches and tones chest, belly, thighs, and shoulders.

5. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

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Key Benefits:

  • Stretches and strengthens thighs, ankles, abdomen, chest, groin, hip
    flexors and neck.
  • Eases back pain.

7. Anulom Vilom Pranayam (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

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Key Benefits:

  • Helps in improving your lung capacity.
  • Improves cardiovascular strength.
  • Enhances blood circulation levels.

Yoga and swimming are two powerful workout regimens that complement each other. Both these fitness forms allow you to experience your inner self completely. The sole difference – you practise swimming in water while you practise yoga on land!

– Harshada 

 

 

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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).


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