When I trained as a Marathon runner I used to think the more I ran, the better I'd perform. I would run 6 days a week. Then I found the triathlon and improved as a runner, due to all the cross training, even though I was only running 3 days a week.
The triathlon lead me to yoga for injury prevention and for awhile I fell back to my former mindset. I thought more I practiced yoga, the stronger my practice would become. I know yoga is not about performance, but there is an element of physical challenge involved in the poses which we can be measured by the steadiness and openness we feel in them.
If we are drawn to the physicality of the practice, yoga on it's own may not fully serve us. Even if we touch on the big postures quickly in our standard vinyasa practice we may never be able to 'do it.' I have learned that yoga on it's own does not best serve me. I believe to have a 'complete' movement practice it is important to incorporate the following activities... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) 'Pulling' - There is so much 'push' in yoga! Exercises like swimming, rockclimbing or pull-ups are great complimentary activities that focus on the antagonists muscles groups of yoga. Rock Climbing in particular (my new favorite hobby!) uses dexterity, balance and strength (all perfect for yoga!). It works pretty much every muscle group and tests your focus on the present moment! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) Strength Training - allows you to improve your muscular endurance and help you stay in poses longer. It also helps eliminate the possibility of imbalance injuries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) Interval Training - helps improve your synchronization, balance and versatility.. which all directly correlate to the yoga practice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#oppositesattract - 14 hours ago