In addition to breathing techniques and body awareness yoga offers many solutions to improve athletic performance including active stretching. Active stretching warms the body’s tissues and muscles prior starting an exercise regime. The stretches stimulate various joints and muscle groups. Active stretching relies on the strength that already exist in the body to hold each position. The positions are held for shorter timeframes. Over time active stretching decreases your risk of injury, relieves back pain, increases functional movement and improves overall athletic performance. American Sports College of Sports Medicine also details how stretching and yoga can improve your overall balance and flexibility.
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