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Yoga is great for men! There are so many benefits to doing this ancient activity. Unfortunately the western world view is that yoga as an activity that only benefits women. But by not doing yoga you are missing out on arguably the best activity to achieve your fitness goals. Man flow yoga is a product that offers no nonsense fitness-centric yoga. It is functional yoga in line with your fitness goals.
Man flow yoga workouts will improve your fitness and sports performance. You will develop better body awareness and control and see improvements in balance and stability. Finally say goodbye to those nagging knee or back pain during exercise.
Dean Pohlman is the founder of Man Flow Yoga. His journey into Yoga is common among many who have been active in sports and fitness from an early age. A history of injury from his early teens resulted in many surgeries but none of them provided the required solution. As he grew older he developed a deeper interest interest in fitness and started learning more about bio-mechanics. Realising that surgery only offered quick fixes he focused on the actual cause of the injuries. These were the many weakness in other parts of his body. The weaknesses came from a lack of core strength, balanced training, and flexibility. With this knowledge and accidentally attending a Bikram yoga class Man Flow Yoga was born. Learn more about the Man Flow Yoga story.
Man Flow Yoga offers a unique product that combines yoga and fitness. Dean’s style of functional yoga is effective whatever your current fitness level. By regularly following the programs and challenges you will improve your fitness and achieve your fitness goals.
I had been doing yoga at a studio for nearly 2 years so had a good idea of what the practice entailed. At the time I was preparing to go traveling for 3 months. I was also keen to continue doing yoga and fitness training while I was on my travels. I had read a few articles about Man Flow Yoga and also seen some workouts videos on Youtube. The content looked informative and professional and I liked the instructor’s (Dean) style. From my experience having confidence in the instructor is the key factor in getting the most from yoga and other personal training. I was still not sure if Man Flow Yoga was the right program for me. The 7 day trial allowed me to get more information before fully committing to a longer membership.
Man Flow Yoga membership offers great value. The most costly membership is cheaper than the cost of a single yoga class! It will include unlimited access to yoga workouts, programs, and bonus content. You can easily cancel your membership at any time if you decide it is not right for you.
Becoming a full member of Man Flow Yoga has many benefits. Once you signup you will land on below members homepage. It has recently been redesigned and the look and feel is clean and uncluttered. Click on the image to go to short video that walks through the members area.
I would highly recommend you spend some time in the Get Started area once you sign-up. It can be reached via the Menu button on the left hand side of the members homepage. This area breaks down all the content on the site so you are not overwhelmed. There is the Members Area success formula section. Here Dean explains the basics on how to get the most out of Man Flow Yoga. He doesn’t just focus on the workouts but emphasises a healthier lifestyle. Dean also discusses the importance of developing good habits in your training regime. There are 3 parts to making training a habit; planning, anticipating obstacles and keeping records. The MFY community is a powerful tool in the success formula. The community helps to create excitement, engagement, togetherness and accountability. Finally there is the workout library where the majority of the MFY content lives.
This is the area where you will find all the Man Flow Yoga workout videos. There are currently over 180 videos in the library so it could be quite overwhelming to find what you are looking for. Fortunately there are many filters available to find what you are looking for.
Video duration: If you have a limited time you can find a workout to do in that time. The slider moves in five minutes intervals with the longest workouts sixty to seventy minutes.
Skill level: Choose between beginner, intermediate, advanced or all levels workouts
Target Area: Yoga is the best practice for targeting a specific area of the body. You will find workouts that will increase mobility and joint health for your wrists. Focus on your hips by strengthening your glutes, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip flexors. Or tackle the issues of working at a desk by improving shoulder flexibility.
Fitness focus: You can search for a workout based on your specific fitness goal. The options are very specific fitness areas like balance, flexibility, mobility and strength. You can also find more yoga specific options like flow, rehab and restorative workouts.
Intensity Level: Choose your workout based on how hard you want to training. There are five levels of intensity, level 1 being restorative to level 5 that is extreme.
You can also combine the filters so you can do a high intensity workout targeting focusing on your core.
After 17 years of weightlifting, one bodybuilding competition, and too many injuries to count, I had gotten to the point that my workouts were no longer enjoyable. Since starting yoga, I’ve felt more energized and less beat up, but I don’t feel like I’m losing any strength. I have noticed my body seems to be “craving” the yoga workouts more. This may sound crazy, but I find my mind more energized as well. Heck, I’ve even felt a little calmer lately in stressful situations! I couldn’t be happier with this switch!
Currently there are 23 training programs and 3 challenges in the members area but expect this to continue to grow. The training programs focus on a body part (back), a sport (running), a movement (squat), a challenge (Fit for Summer) or a function (mobility). All the programs are classified into 4 levels, beginners, intermediate, advanced and all levels. You can also choose programs based on the number of days per week you want to train. The options are 2, 3, 5 and 7 days per week and it is very easy to filter the programs. During my travels I was regularly doing the Bulletproof your Back and The Bodyweight Beast workouts.
Unfortunately I am one of the many men who suffer from persistent lower back pain. Regular yoga has been the most effective remedy for this issue and this program is excellent. Bulletproof your back will address the root cause of your back pain. It focuses on fixing your spinal problems by strengthen your hips, core, and spine. This program is for all levels so if you are new to yoga and suffer from back pain you can still do it. The program is for 7 days per week with 1 rest day. The daily workouts are about 20 minutes long. This means you can do any other training or yoga in conjunction with this program. The program consists of four phases:
Phase 1, Build a Foundation: These are quick but effective workouts that will strengthen the source of the back pain. These videos have lots of instructions ensuring that you are doing the exercises right way with good form. The advantage of doing these exercises is that you will feel more comfortable when doing the flow in the future phases. There is also a 7 minute back pain relief workout that you can use at any time to manage back pain.
Phase 2, Strengthen: These workouts focus on on strengthening your back as a whole. You will build strength in your hips, spine and core. This will improve your balance and build muscular endurance. A 20 minute nighttime routine should lessen any soreness you feel from any of the exercises. It is great to do before bedtime or after a workout. It is recommended that you do this phase for at least 2 weeks before moving to phase 3.
Phase 3, Advance: In this phase you will add full body movements to your routine. You will still focus on strengthening your spinal health through hip mobility, core strength, and stability. Developing balance, strength and mobility in full-body movements is the goal of this phase. After doing this phase for a couple of weeks I benefited from more body control.
Phase 4, Bulletproofing: By this stage your back pain should feel dramatically different from when you started. You may still feel pain from time to time, but you now know what you need to do to fix it. Phase 4 focuses on improving strength and mobility. Workout are more difficult and longer but will now be ready for them! If you are still feeling discomfort in the back it could be due to you not using your hips or core enough. The 20 minute hip and core essentials flow workouts will ensure that you become more conscious of engaging them. Do them at the beginning of the week for better full body movement.
As a 55 year old man with chronic back pain and degenerative osteoarthritis over the last 30 years, I approach any fitness program with caution and a fair amount of cynicism. Having said that, I’ve been following Dean’s program for over a year now, and I couldn’t be happier with the process or the results. Since I’ve began training with Dean, I feel significantly better, both mentally and physically, than I did when I started ManFlow. My flexibility, stamina, core strength, balance, and coordination are all dramatically improved, and most importantly my back feels better and less painful than it has in many years – all of which I attribute to Dean’s program. My body is now significantly more toned and fit – not only can I see and feel it, but many others including my massage therapist and physician have noted (without me prompting them) the positive changes in my body and attitude.
This workout is the perfect proof that yoga can be high intense and build muscle. It is a very challenging 5 day workout and you will definitely appreciate the 2 rest days! The high intensity workouts range from 35 to 55 minutes in length. There are also optional warm-up workouts that I recommend at the start of the week. They focus on combating the effects of sedentary activities such as long hours driving in a car or lounging on your sofa. Also excellent for activating muscles you haven’t used for a while. Doing this workout on a regular basis, you will improve your strength and strength. Many of the poses require good balance, endurance and flexibility. There is a strong focus on building core strength so if you are looking for a 6 pack, this is the workout for you! Finally you will learn some advanced postures and techniques.
Day 1, The Mustang Workout: This a workout done in a car dealership in front of a beautiful Mustang! An endurance-focused workout that strengthens every part of your body. You hold poses longer to challenge your strength (and your will!) and help you build muscle. It is a great workout along with the Post-Sedentary Weekend to start the week. You will sweat buckets and feel amazing afterwards. You will also be impressed by Dean giving instructions while holding planks and forearm planks for 1 or 2 minutes!
Day 2, Keeps the hips squared: After the intensity of Day 1’s workouts we switch focus to core engagement and posture technique. The emphasis is on core engagement and proper, neutral pelvic alignment in a variety of postures. One of the big problems seen in yoga is that many people try to go too deep into many poses. This can cause problems and injuries as you are not doing the pose for your body. Focusing on technique rather than depth has many long term benefits and lessens the likelihood of injury. This is a fantastic workout to help build strength while at the same time reinforcing basic (but essential) technique.
Day 3, The Pyramid Workout: One of the features of Vinyasa flow yoga is building a sequence of poses and flowing through them. It is a great way to build endurance and improve technique as you are repeating the poses. The pyramid workout involves building a sequence of poses, one on top of the other, for a progressively difficult workout. You will need strong focus and endurance to complete this workout. There is a lot of lower-body strengthening and spinal mobility and few new and advanced poses. It lasts for 50 minutes and expect to feel the burn!
Day 4, The Fix Workout: The reason yoga is so effective is that it targets all areas of the body. I find it the most addictive training you can do. This is because no session is the same and impacts your body differently. The fix is a 45 minute full body workout that is very challenging. Also the more you do the workout you will notice the different way it affects your body. This workout includes many strength building and flexibility poses and combinations. It will provide a full body, full spectrum workout. The workout consists of lots of upper body, back and forward bends. It also includes many lunges and squats as well core exercises. If you are looking to build muscle, core strength, endurance and flexibility, The Fix has you covered.
Day 5, The Perfect Squat: There are many benefits of having a great squat and reliable squatting technique. You will have bigger and stronger legs as well as more core strength and a healthier spine. This workout will build strength for squats by focusing on the lower body and back and core strengthening exercises. You will develop strength, range of motion and endurance necessary for increasing weight in your squats or doing more reps. This workout has some new exercises so expect to be challenged a lot. You’ll develop your strength, activate your muscles, and improve your flexibility with this 62-minute beast.
Personal Training with Dean provides you extra direction and motivation. Sometimes you need accountability to help you reach your fitness goals. Get everything you need to ensure sustainable, long-lasting results – as quickly as possible. Man Flow Yoga personal training includes a personalized plan. This will be a workout plan based on your specific goals. The plan will take into account your fitness history and levels. You will get two monthly 15 minute video or voice calls with Dean. The purpose of the call will be to review your current training plan and measure progress. Dean will then update or your training program to ensure you stay on track. Throughout the training program you will have unlimited email support and receive regular feedback. Dean will let you know if you are slacking and will help you stay motivated.
Wellness is an important part of Man Flow Yoga. To achieve your fitness goals it is vital that you take care of your well-being. This means you are following a balanced diet and understand the basics of nutrition. The lifestyle you lead can also impact on whether you stay on track with your fitness. Staying motivated in one of the keys in maintaining a consistent fitness program.
The wellness library has lots of content that covers diet and nutrition, lifestyle and motivation. Dean covers many topics that vary from what you should eat for breakfast to whether yoga can increase testosterone. Much of what he discusses comes from personal experience and if he recommends any product or service you can be sure he has tried them before. The wellness library also includes over 130 MFY shorts. These are twice Weekly Videos that teach you new exercises to keep you engaged and accountable. These are no longer than ten minutes in length and focus on one topic. This could be a specific yoga pose like crow or dolphin. Dean will breakdown the pose and show you the simplest and safest way to do it. Or it could focus on an issue that is popular at the time. Such as fat burning misconceptions or the proper posture for sitting in a chair.
Did you know that workout programs are more likely to succeed when there is a community element involved? By joining Man Flow Yoga you will be part of an active, inspirational fitness community. This community will provide motivation for you to achieve your fitness goals. You will get accountability and support as soon as you join the program. This community ensures you are dedicated to improving their health and wellness. Members can engage with the community by using the community forum on the website and joining the MFY Facebook group.
To reinforce the importance of the community, Man Flow Yoga has created brand ambassadors. Based in all four corners of the globe, Manbassadors serve as guides or motivational coaches. They help newbies get the most out of the Members' Area, focusing on the following:
Members can get paired with a Manbassador by taking a quick survey. Manbassadors are not personal trainers so they cannot prescribe you workouts, give you a meal plan, etc. They are there to help motivate you and encourage you!
Historically most yoga classes available online focus on the traditional yoga aspects. Recently more courses are offering a wider range of services combining yoga with other fitness activities.
This is a very diverse site dedicated to healthy living and an active lifestyle. It has a lot of content, well over a thousand yoga classes. There are also other cardio, HIIT, pilates and strength and weight training classes. You can also find information on healthy living through blogs and videos. The site has a strong social media element. The platform allows you to follow other yogis, specific topics and interact with other people.
Grokker is definitely an up and coming site and has enough content to cover the demands of most yoga and fitness enthusiasts. It is suitable for newbies and experienced users and is great value for money. It compares well to Man Flow Yoga, it is cheaper and there is more content. Grokker offers a 2 week free trial with a personalised program designed and customized to your goals.
If you are looking for a quick, physical yoga workout, Dirty Yoga is a great option. They offer intense, streamlined workouts so you can get back into shape as quick as possible. The weekly workouts vary to ensure you get fitter and stronger in just 120 minutes per week.The programs are more for someone who hasn’t done yoga previously and focus on fitness.
Dirty Yoga approach is quite refreshing and they are realistic on how yoga can help you achieve your fitness goals. Classes are 30 minutes in length for a down and dirty workout, and you get new classes every Monday, meaning you never have to repeat a class. Classes are typical vinyasa flows: intense, fast-paced, sweaty, and fat-burning. There is plenty of cheeky humor during workouts and on their website.
Dirty Yoga doesn’t offer a free trial but you can get a week's pass for $10. The biggest drawback is that the classes are only viewable for seven days. Once Monday rolls around, last week's classes disappear and you get the new set. This can be frustrating for some people but if you are looking for variety, Dirty Yoga will offer plenty.
A little over 5 years ago, at 280 pounds, I decided that I would change my relationship with food and start working out. But I hate exercise. And yoga… Well, I liked the idea of it, but could not stand the prevailing pseudo-religious culture. Or the music. Then I found Man Flow Yoga. Physical & Functional. AND NO GODS CURSED BACKGROUND MUSIC. And here I am, 5 years, 80lbs lighter, and a harrowing cancer treatment/surgery later. Still doing Man Flow Yoga. Still yelling at video-Dean during difficult poses. Man Flow Yoga keeps me flexible when lifting weights, limber when running, and helped me recover from surgery. Plus I actually enjoy it!
Man Flow Yoga believes that getting and staying in shape should be a simple process. By doing the right exercises and investing 20 to 30 minutes every other day you will see great results. If your goal is to stay healthy, injury-free and mobile, MFY workouts are exactly what you need.
Yoga isn't a complicated practice but it can be intimadting at the start for men. It is vital to build a strong foundation based on excellent technique from the start. Man Flow Yoga is yoga for men that focuses on the technique above all else. Dean Pohlman always provides clear and detailed instructions which ensures you are always know what you should be doing in each posture. Furthermore whether you are a complete beginner or have been doing yoga for a few years you will always learn more to advance your practice. The focus is on the physical aspects of yoga compared to more traditional styles so you can get the maximum benefit out of each posture. You will understand exactly what each exercise is doing for your body, so you understand the benefit to your functional fitness.
Man Flow Yoga is full of great content. The videos are HD quality and can be downloaded for your connivence. It contains lots workout programs for all levels and experience with new ones being added regularly. The site is well designed, clean, uncluttered and very easy to navigate. You can save your favourite workouts so you can access them easily. The workout library allows to you filter all the videos by time, skill level, target area, fitness focus and intensity level. Membership offers great value with the most costly membership is cheaper than the cost of a single yoga class!
So whether you are competing in a triathlon, being a weekend warrior, playing sports, or playing with your grandkids, MFY has lots to offer. You will build the basics of your physical fitness and see major improvements in your balance, core strength and flexibility. Finally the uniqueness of yoga workouts will result in more body awareness, endurance and better movement patterns.
If you looking to shred and burn some extra pounds you should give yoga a try. Fat burning yoga workouts will torch serious calories and can be as effective as many other cardio training and exercises. Many styles of yoga are quite vigorous and when done regularly and consistently will lead to consistent weight loss. There are three styles that offer the best fat burning yoga workouts:
Bikram is the most challenging style of yoga and it is not recommended if you are new to yoga. This yoga practice happens in a heated studio of 40.6 Celsius. The sessions last for ninety minutes which is very challenging. Even if you have done yoga before, a good level of fitness is required. The benefits of the heat is that it protects muscles. This allows for deeper stretching with less chance of injury. It also very effective in cleaning the body of many bad toxins.
All these elements make regular Bikram a very effective fat burning yoga workout. You will see consistent weight loss and also feel great after each session. Regular Bikram yoga is for improving flexibility and strength and toning muscle. Additionally, you will also see improvements in your circulatory and respiratory system. Finally it provides an internal massage of the digestive system.
Power yoga was developed in the USA and is a modern style. It is great if you are yoga practitioner who feels a good workout should involve plenty of sweating! Power yoga targets your metabolism helping to build lean muscle. It is a good fat burning yoga workout as you will burn a considerable amount of fat. Power yoga will include many poses that focus on building your core muscles. So it has similarities to circuit training and challenges you aerobically and anaerobically. The deep abdominal breathing in Power yoga also helps to improve circulation that intensifies fat burning during exercise.
Vinyasa as a great yoga style for weight loss and long term weight management. It is a great fat burning yoga practice if you are a new to yoga. It is also a very effective fat burning yoga workout if your current level of fitness is not that high. The flow style sees you moving through many poses quickly. Your body will heat up and you will activate many muscles that you don't use in most exercises or workouts. This makes it very effective for weight loss and burning fat.
Below is a flow workout routine for burning fat: it will to elevate your heart rate, build core strength, and burn major calories. This can be done daily but a good place to start would be to do the following sequence 2-3 times per week.
2-5 Repetitions Sun Salutations
3 Repetitions - Hold for 8 even breaths then press up to stand
Repetitions 3 to 5 each side
Step into plank position with your hands shoulder-width apart, wrists right below your shoulders and core engaged. Hold plank for 5 seconds before transitioning to side plank by rolling onto the outer edge of right foot, stacking left directly on top. Extend left arm upwards and hold keeping base arm straight. Hold for 5 breaths then return to plank position, exhale then lower until elbows bend at 90-degree angles; Chaturanga. Inhale, press back up to plank and complete side plank on left side
Move from Downward Facing Dog to Warrior 2 by stepping your right foot forward in between your hands and rotate your left foot so it's flat on the ground and pointing left. Open your torso and arms so right arm is extend in front and left extended behind. Focus on keeping a deep bend in front (right) knee, stacked over heel. Ensure your chest and head are directly aligned over pelvis. Hold Warrior II for 8 breaths, then move to Reverse Warrior, hold for 8 breaths. Transition through to extended side angle and hold for another 8 breaths.
Repetitions 3 to 5 times
From Warrior 2, windmill arms to ground and step into plank. The lower to chaturanga moving through Upward facing Dog to Downward Facing Dog. Immediately flow through to Warrior 2, Reverse Warrior and Side Angle then back to Warrior 2. That is one round!
3 Repetitions - Hold for 8 even breaths then press up to stand
Bring opposite shoulder, not elbow, to opposite knee. Repeat 10 to 20 times on each side. One breath per movement
Hold for 8 breaths
From Downward Facing Dog with hands pressing firmly to the floor, lengthen spine toward ceiling and press heels down into the floor to straighten your legs. Draw shoulder blades back and down toward your tailbone before stepping right forward to your right thumb staying on the ball of your back foot. Sweep torso and arms up while keeping lower belly engaged and hold pose in neutral position.
Hold for 8 breaths
Hold for 8 breaths
Finish with 3 to 5 repetitions
Boxing is not a sport where the athlete can expect to leave the ring unscathed. Many boxers accumulate years upon years of damage by the end of their careers. Boxers bodies can sustain injuries from taking heavy hits while practicing their craft. Even the most experienced, strongest boxer takes a hit or two during a match or suffers injury during practice. Yoga for boxers has many benefits that are both mental and physical.
Yoga might seem like an exercise that clashes with boxing at first glance. But boxing is a sport which requires full engagement of the mind. Yoga helps the boxer stay switched on all the time. Regular yoga will make a boxer stronger and more focused. Yoga helps boxers recovery from training quicker and heal from past injuries. By cross training with yoga, the boxer not only strengthens many muscles centric to the sport. It also improves circulation and lymph fluid behaviour. This will help the boxer's body recover from training or past injuries.
The best yoga poses for boxers are poses that focus on the upper body and the core. Yet, over development of any one part of an athlete's physique may result in overuse injuries. Yoga poses will work your entire body like no other practice. When athletes become adept in a sport they develop certain habits. These carry the risk of overusing one muscle group while ignoring the rest of their body. Yoga helps to reduce this risk by engaging the practitioner in poses that teach the body to work as one, fluid unit.
Boxers understand the value of their bodies as a tool and resource in the ring. It is critical that they have balance in diet, training and recovery. It will ensure their continual success and safety in the sport. Some boxers have been lucky and have somehow escaped injury from their sport. But all boxers will experience pain or stiffness of joints so they benefit practicing yoga. Yoga is amazing in helping athletes heal from injuries. It also provides the body with extra protection against future injuries. The art of yoga can teach a boxer balance, posture, and focus, as well.
Some of the best poses in yoga for boxers will focus on the arms and core. One of these poses is called the Plank, which instructs the boxer to distribute their weight evenly and hold themselves in a ramrod straight pose for a given amount of time. This engages the core, lights up the arm muscles, and brings the abs into the pose. It teaches the boxer to focus on their entire body while they strengthen it. An important aspect of boxing is concentration and self awareness. A distracted boxer is much more likely to take a hit.
A second pose is the Handstand, which is a challenging pose in yoga. This pose requires the boxer to stand on their hands with their legs balanced above them in the air. This particular exercise mandates that the boxer have a strong core and extreme focus, two essential traits in boxing. It also works the entire body, preventing overuse injuries in the future.
The last pose we'll mention here is the Warrior II. The boxer stands with his or her feet wide apart, the back foot perpendicular to the front, and deeply bends the knee of the forward leg. Their arms stretch out wide at shoulder level, one behind and one ahead of them, and they hold this pose for a given amount of time. It may sound easy, but it definitely engages the core (as well as the quads and the shoulders).
In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, the practitioner becomes more focused and aware. In yoga form is critical. The boxer will concentrate on their breathing and how their body is responding to poses. In learning to do this boxers improve on their concentration and focus while in the ring. These improvements will help them take less hits and be more apt to predict their opponent's next move. The breathing aspect of yoga can teach the boxer how to pace themselves while training or in the ring. It also improves circulation and detoxification of lymph fluid in the body. This speeds recovery time after training or following an injury.
The combination of boxing and yoga proves that yoga can be for everyone. A yoga workout focusing on boxing will provide cross-condition by improving strength, flexibility, and concentration. BoxingYoga™ has become a popular exercise that people are doing recreationally and competitively to improve their boxing performance and stay healthy. BoxingYoga™ is a powerful yoga-based training system that has the following benefits:
A BoxingYoga™ class merges boxing technique with traditional and innovative yoga postures in a 60-minute class format. The four stages of the class are performed over 12-rounds, in one continuous movement sequence to music, with intensity adapted to participants' needs and ability. Checkout the below video to get an idea of what the workout entails
Tennis is a great competitive or social game that keeps you fit. It is a game you can play and enjoy for many years. But playing on a regular basis can be tough on your body. It is a game that challenges you mentally and requires the body to be flexible and strong. Yoga and tennis can go hand in hand to improve your whole game. There are many yoga poses for tennis players that will improve all their movements on the court. The main elements of yoga that can enhance your tennis game are:
The nature of tennis means most players are either right-side or left-side dominant. This can cause imbalances in the upper body and spine. If the imbalance is not addressed they can lead to injuries. Yoga poses for tennis players help maintain muscular symmetry and improve their balance. You alternate between left and right so you identify which is your stronger side. Yoga allows you to work on all the imbalances in your body in a safe environment.
Many tennis games are won or lost in the head. By developing your mental focus you will be able to remain calm in tough scenarios. To achieve a mental edge in the game yoga teaches you the technique to control your breathing. With the help of 'pranayam' you are able to relax your mind before the onset of a tough match. Pranayam also helps improve your cardiovascular strength and increases your blood circulation. When you are completely relaxed, you are completely aware of all aspects linked to the game.
Tennis is a game of multiple plane movements. There is an intensity to gain position before executing a swing. It requires a high level of agility, speed, balance, stability, coordination and power. Yoga poses for tennis players will enhance flexibility and stability. Slowing down the tempo allows for better mindful muscle recruitment. Repeating these movements in yoga allows for precision in execution while on the court.
Tightness in the shoulders is a common complaint of tennis players. Restrictions in other areas of the body such as the ankles and hips can negatively impact performance. The deep stretches of many yoga poses for tennis players can improve flexibility and range of motion. A dynamic yoga workout will benefit all tennis players game. It will improve all their movements on the court, increasing net presence and poaching ability.
Tennis’s dynamic nature means rest, regeneration and recovery through yoga is essential. Intense engagement in sports can be a huge strain on the body. So it is important to balance that with rest and recovery. Restorative yoga helps tennis players recover faster from any particular strain. Yoga poses for tennis players elongates the muscles spent so long contracting, so it is a great counteraction.
The best yoga poses for tennis players focus on increasing mobility, muscular balance and balance in the spine. Yoga poses for tennis players should develop stamina and core strength. The poses will promote full body co-ordination. Symmetry on both sides of the body will lessen the chance of injuries.
Triangle Pose - The extended triangle stretch is suitable for providing flexibility to your body. It stretches your spinal column, hips, hamstring, shoulder and chest area and improves body 'co-ordination'. This is an excellent yoga pose for tennis players in relieving pain in the lower back region.
Tree Pose - This yoga pose for tennis players is great for stretching hips, calves, hamstrings and the spinal column. It builds strength in the ankles and calves, and helps to remedy flat feet. It also improves body balance and helps in the co-ordination of various muscle groups.
Pigeon Pose - This yoga pose for tennis players offers a deep hip opening. Use your core strength to keep your hips level. Feel the stretch in the quadriceps and hip flexors on the side of the leg which is pointed back. Hold the pose longer for restorative benefits and to calm the mind.
Supine Twist - This pose is great for opening the shoulders. Remember to press your shoulders into the mat, as you drop your knees to one side. It will stretch the muscles around the spine and increasing circulation to the spine. It is also another pose for tennis players to hangout in. You can focus on your breath and tune into your body.
Cow Face Pose - A great pose for stretching the outer hips and the shoulders and arms at the same time. This asymmetrical pose will allow you to feel the differences between the two sides. A yoga pose for tennis players that improves range of motion and stretches the rotator cuff. You can also do it with tennis racquet.
Yoga is a practice that strengthens the mind and provides mobility to the physical body. Athlete practising yoga regularly strengthen their physical body as well as improving flexibility. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of the swimming yoga combination. We will highlight the best yoga poses to help improve any swimmers ability and performance. Swimmers benefit from doing yoga in the following ways;
To swim like a champ, you need to work on your physical mobility. Yoga increases the range of motion without compromising the joints. Yoga also allows the tissues to increase in length and provides stability to your joints. This leads to greater range of motion in the shoulders and ankles. Yoga will also increase muscle strength and improve core stability. Strength and endurance are key components in a swimmers arsenal. Doing both dynamic and static yoga poses can develop your body strength in an organic way. Yoga promotes a strong and agile body. So you should take the swimming yoga strength-oriented movements from the mat to the water.
Yoga helps a swimmer become more aware of the physical capabilities of the body. Posture awareness is important in maintaining strength and mobility when moving in the water. Yoga focuses on alignment when entering and holding the poses. To maintain the correct alignment you need to be physically aware of your body. In a yoga practice you are encouraged to bring specific attention to how the body feels.
Yoga, in its most simple form is breathing and feeling which you can focus on when on the mat. Fulfilling the poses and connecting to your breathing enhances your mind and body. Breathing exercises practiced in yoga ease your mind thereby relaxing your muscles. This allows you to perform your exercises session in a completely relaxed state of mind. After a while, each practice session becomes a 'flowing act' for swimmers.
The swimming yoga combination improves body awareness which benefits swimmers by preventing injuries. Doing yoga poses that focus on balance, core strength and stability will lessen the chance of injury. Yoga will help remove movement deficiencies and iron out strength imbalances. They are the main causes of long term injuries. Therapeutic yoga is effective in preventing and overcoming injuries.
After many training sessions, swimmers often feel soreness and stiffness in their muscles. Swimming is a low impact activity but repetition or overuse of muscles can lead to injury. Restorative yoga can increase swimmers mobility and reduce stiffness in muscles. With the use of props during your yoga sessions, you are able to allow your stiff body to loosen-up. The swimming yoga combination helps the body recover from a training session faster.
Downward Facing Dog - This yoga pose helps supply blood to your brain. In this inversion pose, you support your body using your hands and legs. This pose helps to improve your body posture as well as your body balance. It also strengthens your arms, shoulders, feet, calves and hamstring muscles. Finally it increases energy levels and helps to ease any anxiety.
Locust pose - If a swimmer wants to improve their stroke, locust pose is a great place to start. It is a challenging pose that requires effort to lift the body of the floor and hold for a few breaths. It strengthens your core and the entire back of the body. The deep core muscles that support the spine also get a good training in this posture. Finally Locust pose conditions your legs and glutes. The gluteus maximus contracts and strengthens on the way up, and lengthens and relaxes as you lower down.
Bridge Pose - This is a great pose for swimmers to do to improve their breathing. It will open the upper body and reduce the tightness around the torso. Bridge is fantastic for the hips and opening the pelvis, counteracting the damage caused by sitting too much. It lengthens and strengthens the spine, energises the body, and stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems.
Upward Facing Dog - One of the more physically demanding yoga poses for swimmers. It is great for warming up the muscles as this stretch and will get your blood flowing. The focus of the posture is to open your chest and also strengthen the back and arms. Highly recommended if you sit behind a desk or a car wheel for far too many hours. the The pose has benefits if you have breathing difficulties. Upward facing Dog aligns the spine and invigorates the kidneys and nervous system.
Bow Pose - The main benefit of doing for bow pose for swimmers is that it opens the shoulders. Improving the mobility and joint function will increase the range of motion in the shoulders. Bow pose also provides an intense stretch to the chest. Swimmers should try to hold the pose longer to improve their breathing capacity. Holding the pose will also create new strength in the upper back. If a swimmer needs to improve their stroke,