No one wants to get hurt. Injuries are both painful and can sideline athletes for months—a real bummer if you are trying to improve on a time or training for a race. With smart training, though, there’s no reason an injury should stand in your way. Spending some serious time on your yoga mat might be your best bet. Practicing yoga asanas can help keep muscles supple, and yoga’s emphasis on mindfulness can bring about increased focus and awareness—which experts say is key for protection.