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Yoga Asanas (Poses) To Swim Better

Yoga exercises and meditation help reduce negative stress, provide both physical and mental strength, and also improve your body flexibility and ability to recover efficiently. All of these benefits also help to improve your swimming performance. As a swim instructor in Watersafe Swim School, I do practice yoga 4-5 days a week.

There is absolutely no doubt that swimming, and swimming fast, requires several different skills and attributes. Flexibility, core strength and focus are some key points for optimizing the performance as a swimmer, and all of these attributes do improve by practicing regular yoga.

 Here are some yoga exercises to improve your mental and physical faculties so that you can reach next higher level of swimming performance. If you want to boost your ability to recover, be stress free and be a more flexible athlete, then practice the below mentioned yoga exercises regularly:

1. Cat-Cow Stretch (Chakravakrasana): Cat-Cow Stretch is a classic yoga asana and for good reason. It improves abdominal strength and spinal flexibility. It does wonders for lower, middle and upper back stiffness.

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2. Shoulder Stretch: This yoga asana increases the flexibility of your shoulder muscles and augment range of your shoulder movements. It improves your body posture, lung functioning and blood flow in the area.

shoulder-stretches

3. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): Dhanurasana consists of two words. Dhanu means ‘bow’ and Asana means yoga poses. Bow pose is my favorite because it is good for heart and kidney. It is also helpful for blood cleansing and weight loss.

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4. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose): Bridge Pose opens the chest, heart, and shoulders. It stretches the chest, the back of the neck, spine and the hips. Bridge Pose also calms the brain, reducing anxiety, backache, headache, stress and depression. It is helpful in asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.

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Watersafe Swim School offers unique, award-winning “Smart Fish” Swimming technique. For information on our swimming courses, contact us at 1-855-WSS-SWIM.

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Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Healthy Tips For Swimmers, Infant Swimming Video, Kids Swimming Benefits, Private Swim Lessons, Swimming Benefits

Smart Fish Method Freestyle Breath Recovery

The yellow band is being used to keep the student’s lead arm extended during breath recovery.
– Attaching the head to the arm with the yellow band does not allow the separate rotation of the head & causes the student to roll to her back and stall or scissor her kick.
– However, SFM 6.0 Breath Recovery for Freestyle is now being taught with Warrior positioning & Quick Breathing: One arm extended (next to the head) & one arm down by the leg.
– Be sure to FIRST teach kids to blow of their nose… It is difficult for them to progress to efficient freestyle until they learn that valuable skill.
– Then teach QUICK SWIM BREATHING: Exhale out the nose underwater… but not for the entire time… then inhale only once above the water.
– Teach flat kicking throughout the entire drill & barely rotate the head for ONE QUICK INHALE AFTER EXHALING THROUGH THE NOSE UNDERWATER.
– We teach a minimal rotation of the head, separate from the body, while one goggle stays under the water, during the quick inhale.
– Notice the Level 2 swimmer in the NOVA STAR CLUB… who is doing a SEGMENTED WARRIOR FREESTYLE with Quick Breath and Quick Warrior.

– Please refer to other WARRIOR DRILL #1 videos posted on this YouTube channel to understand the NEW SFM 6.0 concepts and drills to teach Freestyle with Quick Breathing.
– ON OUR OWN….we came up with the idea of teaching Breath Recovery using a drill we call: “WARRIOR DRILL #1” Kicking in Warrior Position (as in Yoga) with Quick Breathing while only rotating the head to breathe and not the whole body.
– HOWEVER… in watching swim videos on the web, we are finding that, though the name we use is original, the actual drill is used by progressive swim coaches and elite swimmers.
CHECK OUT THIS SEGMENT FROM “SWIM LABS”

– Videos like the one from SWIM LABS add credibility to what we teach. It is good to know that THE SMART FISH METHOD is on the right track. PLEASE, keep up with and use all the ideas we share through our You-Tubes and SFM Training Newsletters.

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Smart Fish Method U Turns & Play Time at the steps, Grade 4

  This student is 27 months old.
– We need to teach the students HOW TO PLAY at the stairs, without the castles.
– We can still work on their skills like BACK KICKING with their hands on their belly.,
– It means we must accept their need and decision to sit-up from a back float on occasion, rather than expecting them to always roll-over laterally.
– It is good for students to experience and deal with other kids in the step area. This is realistic. Kids need to learn how to swim around other kids in the play area and not resort to grabbing on them for support.
– They only need to hold their tummy when they kick. When they hold their tummy, it makes them ONLY kick. It keeps them from using their hands for pull as support. When they pull on their back, they tend to dilute their kick. It compromises their balance AND kick.
– “I am trying to teach her how to play. There are times when it is valuable and necessary for them to sit-up from a back float. She is ready to learn to roll-over and to sit-up.”

 

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Smart Fish Method Peek-A-Boo Swims, Grade 3 & 4

Students need to learn the importance of keeping their head down until their hands reach up and securely grab the wall. If they lift the head up to look at the wall edge, before actually grabbing it, the young student (up to about 3), is likely going to end up going backward…away from the edge.

We must constantly experience the challenge of grabbing the wall…. until they figure out the importance of keeping the face in the water, until they “LAND”. This Peek-A-Boo game really helped 26 month old Taylor.