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.
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.
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.
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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