Yoga is a wonderful way to improve your life through fitness. It is also a great option for cross-training, whether you dance, do gymnastics, run, walk, play soccer, etc. Yoga focuses on centering the body and mind through the use of breath and balance. Using breath with movement is good practice for dancers, as most of the time dancers, especially younger dancers, can forget to breath while moving. Focused breathing will also helps to increase stamina and lung capacity.
Connecting the mind with body is also good practice because it is essential to know where the body is in space and how is feeling in terms of injury prevention. The physical aspects of yoga include increasing flexibility through remaining in poses for a set time and breathing through them. Yoga has many poses that strengthen the muscles of the feet and lower legs such as tree pose or hand in foot pose.
Another important aspect of yoga that makes it great for cross-training, is that it works all sides (front, back, right and left sides) of the body equally. This is sometimes not the case in dance, as a dancer or choreographer will favor a particular side or style of moving that is not equal.
Here are some more benefits of yoga for dancers:
There are great ways to check out yoga and see if it is right for you. Most studios have beginning specials or trial weeks, where you can come in and try out the different styles of yoga.
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