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Preventing Injuries with Yoga

Have you ever been to a yoga class? Chances are that you have. But you may not be a regular yoga class attendee for one reason or another. Maybe you’d rather focus on building muscle, or maybe the class you attended was a little too sleepy. But, yoga classes may be able to help you prevent future injury.

Why are people so obsessed with yoga? Some people claim that yoga packs a great combination of building strength encouraging flexibility. Keep reading to learn about yoga and how it may be able to help keep you healthy enough that you could even prevent an injury.

Flexibility

Do you feel that muscle there? During your first few yoga classes, you might notice muscles that you haven’t used in a long time. You could be sore in places you never were before, too. And, of course, stretching encourages better flexibility. Commit to doing yoga over a few months you will likely notice your flexibility increasing. Better flexibility can help prevent injuries from torn or stretched soft tissues.

Stress

Because of the emphasis on meditation and breathing techniques, yoga has a great reputation for helping you lower stress. Taking deeper breaths and practicing meditation techniques have shown to encourage a lower heart rate and can help you manage your stress in a healthier way. When you’re handling your stress better, you’re less likely to make rash decisions that could lead to an injury.

Strength

If you try the right type of yoga class, it is so much more than a meditative practice. Much of yoga is designed to work your muscles, but some types of yoga will feel more calming than others. You may work up a sweat, depending on which type of yoga you choose. Hot yoga, especially, will keep you feeling like you’re working hard. The strength you build can help compliment your other exercises and keep you moving for longer.

You don’t need to burn incense or wear tie dye to benefit from a regular yoga class. Whether you’re looking to keep yourself strong, regain the flexibility of youth, or just decompress after a long week of work, yoga can check all those boxes. If you’re interested in learning more about preventing injuries, or have an injury you want us to look at, call us today to schedule a consultation.

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