Maybe you have heard that chaturanga dandasana translates to four-limbed staff pose and is essentially a plank variation. Perhaps you have heard this pose referred to a tricep-pushup. That's not necessarily wrong.
But you will hasten your progress, and build more durable joints that don't result in injury and pain when you start incorporating conditioning to your yoga practice.
In my experience as a yoga teacher, and in my own personal practice, vigorous daily vinyasa yoga without also paying attention to other ways to strengthen joints results in overuse, inflammation, and pain.
A lot of people want to do what they 'like', and want to know 'which is better for ....'.
My answers often, at first, may feel frustrating if you don't haven't developed a good cross-training routine.
Do what you like - often, but also do what you NEED - regularly. Discipline is as fun as our attitude allows it to be. Motion towards action is a lot better than letting our mood dictate action.
No exercise is necessary 'better for' anything when its the only thing you're doing. Athletes cross-train for a reason. This is why you need to train-for-your-game. If you are a distance runner, you spend a lot of time running. But you don't only run distances. If you want to be better at vinyasa yoga, handstands, planks, and arm balances - then you need to both practice for them AND condition your body to stay flexible and durable. Often the conditioning and cross-training don't look like your favorite classes.
So here are some conditioning exercises you can rotate into your week to improve your skills in planks, and arm balances - keeping your shoulders strong and healthy.
COOL DOWN & MOBILITY
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Body. Mind. Spirit.
Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 22 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 13 years I have worked as an instructor, a wellness business owner, the Founder of Practice Everywhere, and now I am embarking on a new adventure to expand how we define our Personal and Public Practices.
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