Manta Ray Yoga is offered twice a week to compliment your CrossFit training. Crossfitters adapt to explosive intensity and energy. Although the athlete may feel as though he/she is working his/her body to its most efficient state, the practice of yoga can enhance the Crossfit experience and exponentially develop lifting skills. Yoga will is a wonderful complement to Crossfitting and would be a perfect activity for a rest/off day.
The biggest misconception with yoga is that you need to be flexible in order to practice. On the contrary, yoga is used to increase flexibility. You didn’t walk into a Crossfit box with an innate ability to walk on your hands. On the same token, you can’t walk in to a yoga practice expecting to touch your toes. In time, yoga will increase your flexibility therefore increasing your range of motion and mobility. With this flexibility, injury prevention is lowered and general stiffness and aches are reduced. Post WOD pain is minimized. Stretching is important for a plethora of reasons. Especially in a Crossfit world, stretching can help to alleviate low back pain caused by tight quads and hip flexors. Stretching will aid in improved circulation, hence detoxing your body. Yoga reinforces posture and balance. With both realms of fitness, we are looking to keep neutral spinal position and work from core to appendages. Yoga helps you focus. Controlling your breath and creating awareness of your body are paramount in practicing yoga, which in turn will amp up your Crossfit game.
TOP FIVE REASONS TO PRACTICE YOGA:
- It develops your ability to balance
- It gives your body time to relax and recover
- It improves range of motion
- It teaches you breathing techniques to enhance focus
- IT IS FUN!!!