Why Crossfit Needs Yoga

Via Yyoga.com

“The greatest adaption to CrossFit occurs between the ears.” – Greg Glassman

The primary intention of Yoga is to master the mind, body and emotions to enhance our way of life. In many ways, CrossFit looks for the same outcome. We show up at the gym regularly, we push hard against our physical & mental barriers, always striving towards improving ourselves. By pushing forward, we come to know our capabilities, and we become students of our bodies and less of a slave to the limiting beliefs of the mind (We’ve all seen the “Can’t is the new C word” t-shirts, right?).

In yoga, we show up to our mat regularly and face the same barriers – but with a very different kind of effort. We learn to back off when the body requests, to recalibrate ourselves towards awareness and focus on the restorative aspects of movement. The result of combining these two methodologies can achieve incredible results not only in our physical bodies but also in the way in which we move in the world.

CrossFitters all too often overlook flexibility, balance and alignment. Routinely stretching with precision will help to prevent injuries, can heal old injuries, help with recovery time, and help us to gain mastery over the body. Yogis often overlook the need to create adaptations to (healthy) stress so that our bodies can become stronger and more functional in daily movement.

I am a firm believer that you cannot have one without the either. Research shows that the two types of individuals most prone to injury are individuals who are too flexible and individuals that are too tight. The first causes laxity in the joint, the latter causes problems such as loss of range of motion and pulling of the musculature on the skeletal structure causing improper alignment. Neither is better nor worse – just different. Both yoga and CrossFit serve your temple in different ways.

5 More Reasons to add Yoga to your CrossFit!

  1. Improve Flexibility and Range Of Motion:  CrossFitters all too often overlook flexibility when pounding out a WOD (Workout of the Day) until they realize its necessity in certain movements. Routinely incorporating both dynamic and static stretching will help to prevent injuries, can heal old injuries, help with recovery time, and of course, give you more freedom in your joints where you need it. For those of you whose heels lift in squats – I’m looking at you!”   Continued…