|Yoga has all sorts of benefits for athletes. For starters, it can help with muscular fitness and flexibility, says Ralph La Forge, a physiologist at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina: “Low-resistance hatha yoga is ideal for relaxing muscles that are tight from competition.”
But the mental steadfastness that the practice bestows may be its biggest benefit, La Forge says. Researchers studying this area have found that, of all yoga’s components, the one with the most influence on sports preparation and recovery is breathwork. It can help you become both relaxed and focused at the same time.
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