5 Advantages of Yoga for Weightlifters

 Weightlifting places more demands on the body than perhaps any other sport.  But when combined with yoga it has so many overlapping benefits.  when you incorporate Yoga and Weight training into your wellness program you'll gain endurance, strength, mobility, balance, flexibility, and range of motion as well as increasing your overall health.

1. Yoga gives balance:
Yoga helps balance out the effects of a weight-training
regimen. Yoga offers the opportunity to elongate the shortening of the muscles caused by weight training and encourages the stabilization of the joints. Yoga for weight trainers can also greatly improve range of motion, something which in turn will benefit your weight training efforts in the long run. 

2. Yoga promotes positive hip hinge movement:
Hip hinge movement is the pattern of flexion and extension throughout the hip joint.   yoga focuses greatly on loosening the muscles we use in the heavy compound movements we do, increasing flexibility. The deep breathing while posing creates a deep connection with the muscle tissue. 

3. Yoga targets muscle:
In hindsight, yoga is seemed to be a  passive exercise but the fact is that each pose targets a specific group of muscles and even the simplest poses, such as upward facing dog, can help tone muscles in the upper and lower body.

4. Yoga focuses on proper alignment:
Proper Alignment creates a channel for energy to move fluidly throughout your body during yoga. Energy flow is not only vital for your physical health, but it also has a positive impact on your mental as well as spiritual health. It is important to practice the precise way in which the body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the pose and avoid injury.  

5. Yoga improves heart, lymphatic and mental health
Your Lymphatic System is your body's main defense against germs. Unlike the circulatory system, which relies on the pumping heart to push blood through your arteries, the lymphatic system relies on the muscle contractions of the lymph channel walls, even more so on large muscle activity in the body.  Lymphatic congestion is a condition in which the lymphatic system fails to drain properly, allowing toxins and cellular waste products to accumulate in the body. 
Yoga Helps drain and relieve Lymphatic Congestion, it keeps the fluid pumping through the body, rather than accumulating. Yoga twists and inversions, as well as more vigorous flow practices that incorporate sun salutations and vinyasas, get the lymph moving again, and that alone can help restore your overall health.
Yoga has been a very important part of my training, it has helped maximize my physical performance, while the meditative side of yoga has contributed to my inner stability and mental balance. Try it yourself and you will experience a  noticeably positive transformation, both mentally and physically!
- Editor & Chief CAW

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