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Why CrossFitters Need Yoga

We’ve said this before, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce this again. Some of the best CrossFitters do yoga to help with their mobility and flexibility.

Remember, CrossFit has 10 areas of fitness, flexibility and balance are just as important as strength and power.

Simply put, yoga does your body good.

When we talk about mobility and flexibility, we’re not just talking about a few stretches before and after a workout (which most of you miss since you rush off after the wod).

Yoga provides athletes with flexibility, strength, faster recovery, improved mental strength, and an overall better performance. By combining CrossFit and yoga, you can improve your:

Flexibility
Breathing
Balance

Initially, when Crossfitters practice yoga they may struggle with flexibility.  Yoga requires strength, balance and flexibility.  Crossfitters  may have no issue with the first two.  But what about agility and flexibility?
Basic yoga poses like downward facing dog, warrior two, and pigeon (just to name a few) help reinforce external rotation of the hip and shoulder necessary for many basic movements of CrossFit. Performing these yoga poses consistently helps improve your overall mobility.

Most of the classical poses in yoga support the concept of creating torque, finding a braced neutral spinal position, and always working from core to extremity. All of these are needed in your regular CrossFit sessions.

So make some time to come in on Sunday at 7:30am.

Your body will thank you.