Yoga’s Amazing Power to Heal Sports Injuries

If you have been athletic for a significant portion of your life, you have probably experienced an injury as a result of playing sports or running. You may have tried a wide variety of cures to rid yourself of the pain caused by these injuries as well. If you are recovering from a sports injury it might interest you to know that yoga is a great way to get back into physical activity after an injury and start the healing process. Yoga Central wants you to learn more about sports injuries that can occur to people who are athletic and what yoga poses they can do that will help reduce their pain and heal. Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the swelling of the ligaments that connect your heel done to your toes. It causes shooting pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot. This is a common injury in runners or athletes who participate in sports which involve a lot of jumping. To relieve this sports injury try the Garland Pose (Malasana) and Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana) Shin Splints: Shin splints are characterized by aching or pain in the shins after running or jumping. This condition is caused by overuse of the muscles, tiny fractures in the tibia or a weakness in the muscles of the hips or abdominals To relieve this sports injury try Pyramid Pose/ Intense Stretch Pose (Parsvottanasana) and Diamond Pose(Vajra asana) Rotator Cuff Damage: This injury is frequently seen in athletes involved in throwing sports such as baseball, football, even tennis. Rotator cuff damage involves the ligaments that connect the arm to the shoulder and can...

Myths about Yoga You Need to Ignore

Even though yoga has been practiced in the west for well over a century, there are still a lot of myths and false information that is disseminated about the practice. Some of these misconceptions may be preventing people who could really benefit from yoga from attending a class and improving their body, and their lives. Yoga Central wants you to make educated decisions about your fitness regimen and we want to debunk some myths that have circulated about yoga. I Need to Be Really Flexible to do Yoga Every individual begins their yoga journey at different level of fitness and flexibility. This is absolutely acceptable and expected by any qualified yoga instructor. They will know how to work with students at various stages of ability and levels of experience with yoga. You may have a stiff body to begin with, but regular yoga classes help to relax rigid muscles. People focus far too much thought on being perfect at something right away and they forget that the goal is the development of our flexibility, not comparing yourself to the stereotype of a contortionist yogi. I Won’t get Injured Doing Yoga Many people are under the mistaken impression that yoga is so easy and you can’t get hurt while practicing this physical activity. While yoga is a safe exercise it can result in knee tears, hamstring pulls, wrist strains, and neck injuries if students are not listening their bodies. The truth is that you need to ensure you conduct your practice correctly to avoid injury. When you’re starting out you should always do yoga in a class with a certified...