Strength training can be of enormous benefit to anyone pursuing a fitness regime, but unfortunately most men in the gym are not working on any sort of pre or post-workout mobility/flexibility session. Yoga is beneficial because it requires one to focus on the task at hand. When we train this capacity of the mind, we are learning to cultivate the space we need to make conscious decisions about how we spend our time. It is in this space that we can bring all of our experiences, education and inner wisdom to the moment. The more focus, the more one is truly present and therefore the greater the capacity for excellence. Yoga exercises, meditation, and postures also improve your balance, strength, and overall flexibility, making you more capable of pursuing a balanced fitness regimen.
5 benefits of including yoga into your strength training:
Yoga Benefit #1: Decompression
In order to keep your connective and supportive tissues healthy, decompression is essential. Tension in these areas restricts crucial blood flow, reducing the rate of healing and nutrient delivery. We want our soft tissues to remain just that, soft. The pressure of strength training introduces retain forces some part within your soft tissues. An equal but opposing force will release that tension.
Yoga Benefit #2: Change of Scenery
The repetitive nature of strength training can lead to some boredom with the practice. Yoga is normally practiced in a group-training environment that is completely different from your normal lifting routine. This change in setting can keep your routine fresh!