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Binh

I have done yoga 4-5 times a week for the last month and the pain in my lower back and right shoulder has almost completely diminished. I also practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 4-5 times a week and the benefits it has given me when I train is remarkable. From breathing to mental concentration and endurance, I can just go on and on but yoga and bjj goes hand in hand like white on rice.

Binh

I have done yoga 4-5 times a week for the last month and the pain in my lower back and right shoulder has almost completely diminished. I also practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 4-5 times a week and the benefits it has given me when I train is remarkable. From breathing to mental concentration and endurance, I can just go on and on but yoga and bjj goes hand in hand like white on rice.

Charles G

Yoga and climbing are a match made in heaven. I was a climber long before I started yoga. There are many essential things (common in other sports as well) that make one a good climber. Flexibility, balance, core strength, good breathing and focus are all crucial on difficult climbs. When I started yoga, I found it not only to be an easy transition, but additionally the two play off each other very well. Climbing has more of a strength-training emphasis which would often leave me sore. When I added yoga to my routine, the soreness went away. It was surprising to me that adding another physical activity would actually allow me to climb more often. All of the stretching increased the speed of recovery and decreased the soreness induced from a tough climbing session at the gym.

Chloe

I have a daily yoga routine after a I finish track. Great cool down and muscle stretching.

Jennifer B

I weight lift and jog. I do yoga moves throughout the day after my morning routine and I rarely feel the tinges of pain I used to during the "growing panges" that come with muscle growth. I attribute my lack of pain to the deep release of yoga. I love the endurance, balance and a certain level of stealthiness yoga can provide if you have the sticktoitness that is demanded.

Philip

I've been cross-training Shotokan karate and yoga for about a year now. Yoga helps keep me limber and trains the same muscles I use in karate in a slightly different way. From what I've read, this cross-training "shocks" the muscle and provides for a wider range of training on that muscle. I can feel the difference yoga is making on my karate training.

But most noticably is the improved balance and posture. Many karate stances are very similar to yoga poses. And I've written about these a bit on my blog: http://dailykarate.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/yoga-and-karate-cross-training/

Emily

I am a competitive figure skater that trains almost 20 hours a week on the ice, not including off ice dance, conditioning, and jumps. Not to mention high school! Yoga helps me relax and also builds important leg muscles and back flexibility. I used yoga when I was a gymnast too. Many of the poses in yoga can be used on the ice and in dance. It is a universal activity that can assist in any sport!

brenda

Throughout my life many sports and activities have caught my attention. I am currently involved in ballet which for an adult with no previous experience can be a big challenge.Bballet has a big emphasis on what is called turn out ie. external rotation of the hips. My yoga practice not only helps with gaining turn out but it also reminds me of the importance of balance in the body, the need to pay equal attention to the internal rotators. Many things from ability to balance, stretch, and let go and move with the music regardless of whether or not a make an error in technique, all of this can be attributed to my yoga practice.

colin

as a competitive powerlifter, a lot of guys who train at my gym make fun of me for supplementing my lifting with a daily yoga practice. i suppose it never occurs to them why it is that i continue to remain injury-free while consistantly pushing heavy weights. yoga keeps me healthy and has also done a lot to improve my focus, not just in lifting but in all aspects of my life

Jala

I practice Tae Bo and bellydance in addition to general strength training. Yoga helps each of these:

Tae Bo: Practicing yoga is much the same as practicing kata. Yoga allows for flexibility and control as well as balance.

Bellydance: Yoga is an intrinsic element of bellydance. Yoga's flexibility and form helps when performing dance moves.

Strength Training: Yoga also assists in strength training. Because of the prolonged periods of holding a pose, the muscles are strengthened in yoga and moreover, muscle endurance is improved. These are key elements to any strength training workout.

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