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International Journal of Physiology, Nutrition and Physical Education

Impact Factor (RJIF): 5.48

ISSN: 2456-0057

2019, Vol. 4, Issue 1
Importance of yoga in sports
Author(s): Shubha Surana
The purpose of this study was to evaluate how Yoga can be beneficial for both physical and mental benefits to the body and mind of a sportsperson. Yoga has been practiced from ancient years. It can be overwhelming at first to find a style of yoga that resonates with you. If you are a competitive athlete, it is best to tailor your yoga practice to your training schedule because a particular sport can develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this process causes imbalances in the muscles and joints, leading to overuse injuries. Yoga helps the muscles, tendons, and ligaments move through a full range of motion, thus cultivating balance and core strength which is a huge benefit to athletes in their chosen sports. Another essential element in yoga is breath work (pranayama). The attention to breath during yoga can be considered one of the most important benefits to athletes. Learning to stay focused and centred through uncomfortable poses by concentrating on even inhalations and exhalations sets up the athlete to stay focused during a race or challenging workout. The mind-body connection in yoga is essential to helping athletes develop mental acuity and concentration. In addition, yoga helps you to relax not just tight muscles, but also anxious and overstressed minds. Being more relaxed will also aid in athletic performance. So, by adding yoga to the training plan will enhance the performance and prevent injury to a sportsperson.
Pages: 752-754  |  5562 Views  4887 Downloads

International Journal of Physiology, Nutrition and Physical Education
How to cite this article:
Shubha Surana. Importance of yoga in sports. Int J Physiol Nutr Phys Educ 2019;4(1):752-754.
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