You have probably read about yoga studios, and the touchy, feely things they can help you achieve. These things are all important, and great to understand. However, one very important aspect of a practice is fitness. Yoga has become the go to for many athletes around the world, and continues to challenge people from all backgrounds and fitness levels. Many countries in preparation for the World Cup will have their national soccer teams practice yoga. In fact in 2006 this became the standard for the German soccer team. This has taken many team based sports to new levels, and pushed players to a new level of performance.
There are a few ways Vinyasa Yoga can help you become a more fit person:
- Poses have different levels, and they can push you to new heights. There are many levels here, and you can start on the easier ones. This allows you to work your way up to the harder ones, and along the way you will slowly develop a deeper level of fitness. While many poses look deceivingly easy, this is not the case. In fact they require careful understanding and concentration to master. The many levels of a pose allow you to ease into ti. This makes it accessible for all fitness levels. It can also operate as a springboard into many other types of activities.
- Mindfulness is a centerpiece of any practice, and this can be a fierce ally in achieving fitness goals. As you master the ability to quiet your mind, this can allow you to shut it down for awhile. This has a by-profuct of helping your overcome obstacles. Things that once stood in your way may fall by the wayside. As you go deeper in this practice, you will find your biggest obstacle is you. This can be a liberating experience to overcome these obstacles that once seemed insurmountable.
- The peer aspect of yoga classes make things seem more achievable. There is an element of “we are all in this together” in an exercise class setting, and the same holds true in the this setting. Seeing other around you learn new strength, and, in turn, achieve great things can be inspiring. This is all a great outcome of the class mindset. This combined with the underlying energy created by engaging with each other in a class can really have a positive impact. The road to self improvement is better with others to help you along the way.
By no means is this a comprehensive list, but it is a nice place to start. There are many great things to achieve when you learn about yourself, and have others to cheer you on. This combination can be addictive, and have great outcomes as a result. Each of us can learn great things when we put our limits to the test, and attempt to learn something new about ourselves. All of the things on this list will hep you to achieve things you may have thought were not possible.