Improve balance, alignment, and breathing with yoga for swimmers
The "fitness triad" comprises strength, flexibility, and aerobic conditioning.
Swimming provides excellent aerobic fitness and of course builds muscle. But swimming is not a weight-bearing activity, and the body needs gravity to optimize the development of muscle and bone. Dry Land training compensates for what is missed in a swimming workout alone. Swimmers lift weights, jog, and perform other land-based exercises to build muscle and bone strength. Yoga can be an extremely beneficial addition to the workout.
Balance & Alignment: Body alignment is frequently problematic in swimmers. The repetitive overuse of the same muscles in freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly can overdevelop the front of the body. The pectoral muscles are contracted, causing the opposing rhomboids to weaken. This shows up in a swimmer's posture when the shoulders tend to curve forward. The backstroke can counteract some of the strain but that alone may not be enough.
Yoga postures teach proper body alignment and use the body's weight as a source of resistance to build strength. Yoga postures take the body through a full range of motion, encouraging flexible, supple muscles that are less prone to injury. Moreover, yoga stretches muscles, a physiological necessity for a swimmer. Every stroke and kick demands a full extension of the arm and leg in order for the swimmer to propel himself or herself through the water.
Breathing. Yoga teaches the use of the breath to encourage the opening and lengthening of stubborn muscle groups and the cleansing of physical toxins. Breath awareness is fundamental to swimming.
Focus. Swimming is a water sport -- the swimmer is immersed in water. Sound is muted and there is minimal visual stimulation. The senses are withdrawn and awareness is pulled inward. Yoga is a natural complement to the focus and discipline required of a swimmer. It trains the mind as well as the body.
Yoga is offered every Monday evening.
Taught by Coach Lupe
13&Up from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
12&Under from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Wear practice suit and shorts
Cost is $20 per month
Pay via Paypal or send in a check to practice
A note of encouragement from our Dry Lands coach, Coach Russell:
This offer has been extended as a privilege to all Power for Life swimmers and presents a unique opportunity for your swimmer to get a jump on the competition.
Swimmers spend as much as 2 hours per day in the water -- and some as much as 4 hours -- for as many as 6 days per week. Swimming contracts muscles, and years of repetitive work without the proper attention to lengthening these fibers can lead to injuries of the muscles and ligaments.
Adding yoga techniques to your athlete’s training regime will enhance their flexibility and fluidity while increasing their range of motion. This will create a balance in a swimmer’s training cycle leading to an improved physical ability to perform at a higher level. Further, the meditative aspects of yoga practice benefit an athlete's emotional and psychological well-being, better equipping them to handle the rigors of their athletic and academic schedules.
We encourage all swimmers to spend the time and embrace this part of physical fitness. Take the next step to being a complete swimmer with a greater ability to achieve.
Yoga at Power For Life
EmPOWERing Swimmers FOR Success in LIFE. A USA Swimming / Gulf Swimming member organization in Katy/West Houston