Today's blog post comes courtesy of Amanda Hamm, our incredible Yoga instructor. If you haven't tried her Yoga class every Sunday at 11:45am, what are you waiting for?! The first one is on us!
Why would you want to spend an hour of your time during the week to practice something that doesn't seem worthwhile or serve your vision of fitness and health? I imagine there are some people in the CrossFit world who are reluctant to try yoga or don't think it can be of much benefit to their fitness. I think alignment-based yoga and CrossFit are a match made in heaven. Why? CrossFit has 10 components of fitness and a yoga practice demands proficiency in some of these same components. Flexibility (duh), balance, coordination, accuracy, strength, agility, and stamina are all needed for yoga.
Flexibility is definitely overlooked by some athletes. I have seen some "stretching" after WODs, and let's just say it's not the most brilliant display of athleticism I've witnessed. In order to be as effective and efficient as possible, you need to keep your hips and shoulders open. This means opening the muscles of the chest, upper back, hamstrings, quads, adductors, calves, etc. CrossFit builds muscle and generally tightens the muscles/joints, and alignment based yoga encourages a safe lengthening of muscle and opening of joints, which means full range of movement, which means a more efficient way of moving that's less prone to injury.
Yoga also asks you to not sacrifice precision for speed, to keep a steady breath under duress, and be mindful and aware of what's happening in your body. Isn't that what your coaches ask from you during every WOD?
Even when I list all of these reasons why you should do yoga, it's up to you to decide if this fits into your life, if you want to commit to a weekly yoga practice, and if you want the challenge of working your body in a completely new way that can benefit how you perform with CrossFit.
A. 3RM Weighted Pull-up
50 Thrusters (45/33)
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