Okay, you know you’ve said it: “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible.” WELL, you’re in luck! Because you are exactly who should be in a yoga class. In a perfect world, we would all give the same amount of concentrated time and dedication to a mobility/recovery/yoga program as we do on our …
Okay, you know you’ve said it: “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible.”
WELL, you’re in luck! Because you are exactly who should be in a yoga class. In a perfect world, we would all give the same amount of concentrated time and dedication to a mobility/recovery/yoga program as we do on our weekly workouts. Believe it or not, yoga does cover all of those magical buzzwords: Mobility, Recovery, and Accessory-work. Yet, I think it’s safe to safe for the majority of our athletes: the extent of our “flexibility” work begins and ends with the 8 minutes of Movement & Mobility at the beginning of class. However, Adding yoga at least twice a week allows CrossFit athletes to become more mindful of their technique, the balance of their movements, and the application of their strength.
Basically ALL of the skills used in CrossFit require athletes to have finely tuned “kinesthetic awareness.” During a yoga class, students work to adjust to even the subtlest change in movements in order to improve alignment. Have you ever had a coach tell you to focus on your midline stability during a lift? DO YOGA. Transitioning through and maintaining some of our favorite postures (Chair pose, Triangle pose, Planks, All the of Warrior poses, etc.) require the Crossfitting Yogi to enhance the flexibility of his/her spine while learning how to balance mobility and stability.
Ever been truckin’ through “Grace” (30 clean & jerks, for time) and realize 11 lifts in that you’re seeing stars and feeling dizzy? How long do you think you were holding your breath there? Including a regular yoga class will improve how we control of our breath and use it to facilitate movement. A key component of the flow at Novem Yoga in particular is how breathing makes movement easier and more efficient, which you will surely translate into your next Benchmark PR.
Piqued your interest? Next question: “When should we do yoga?”
It is often the most beneficial to “get your yoga on” either after a workout or on rest days. With the popular schedule for many CrossFitters of three days on, one day off, we totally suggest getting some “active rest” with a yoga class. Your muscles and joints can become extremely tight after a workout (especially if we stroll right out of the gym and immediately sit down in our cars), but yoga will help counteract that. Yoga on Sunday after your WOD can ease you through some recovery time and reduce how sore you are the next day. Taking your Thursday rest day to move through the poses will act as a primer, “greasing your wheels” for that next workout.
Coach Rachel Pinkstone