What Can Yoga Do For You?

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Last night, I attended a yoga class for the first time in about a month.

I was going to a yoga class at my gym consistently over several months while training for the past 2 half marathons I did. It helped keep me feeling loose, kept the injuries at bay, and gave me more energy. After my last half marathon, however, a slight hamstring issue started to pop up.

So here I am two weeks after my race and finally getting back to yoga. I decided to take a couple of weeks off of running, and focus on getting my body back in alignment and ready for my next race in August, as well as open water swimming season starting any week now.

I tried out this place near me called Bird Rock Yoga, where they do a lot of 1-hour sessions (perfect amount of time), mostly use the Vinyassa style, and heat the room up (but not as hot as Bikram).

Even though I was sweating quite a lot and didn’t have a towel, the experience was amazing! I have never felt better after a yoga class. None of the positions were extremely difficult, and they all seemed to give me just the right stretch.

How can yoga help with triathlon? More energy to tackle training, a positive attitude, prevention of injuries, improving core strength, and improving balance are a few reasons to incorporate yoga into your training.

And I don’t know if it’s scientifically proven, but sweating in a 90+ degree room for an hour seemed to add a refreshing feeling after the class that I had never felt before.

Now I can’t wait to go swim 3000 yards at noon today!