You may believe that you don’t need to practise yoga because you stretch after every workout. Perhaps you’ve started a weekly yoga program but haven’t done any stretching since getting off the Bike or Tread. While yoga and stretching are both beneficial for healing, they should not be used interchangeably.In fact, to enhance your fitness and conquer your exercises, you’ll need them both to stay in top shape.

YOGA IS A COMPLETE BODY EXERCISE:

      Obtaining the flow of yoga will not only provide you with a great workout, but it will also teach you how to focus on your breathing, which is a crucial skill to master in cardio-based circuits such as high-intensity intervals, endurance rides or runs, and other activities.

     What distinguishes yoga from stretching is the focus on the breath. As we move into and out of or hold each yoga posture, we focus on taking calm, deep, conscious breaths. This mix of breathing and holding poses helps you achieve mental calmness while also improving your strength and stamina.

STRENGTHENING FOCUSES ON PARTICULAR MUSCLE GROUPS 

      Stretching after or before a run, ride, or strength training is beneficial for focusing on certain muscle groups.For example, if you just finished an upper body strength training, you might want to follow up with a 10-minute upper body stretch session. If you’re going for a run, you might want to warm up your quads and hip flexors with a 5-minute lower body stretch before you go.

There’s been a lot of controversy over the years about whether you should stretch before or after a workout, but new research reveals that what matters is the type of stretching you do.

FLEXIBILITY AND MOBILITY ARE ADVANCED WITH YOGA.

      Although mobility and flexibility are closely related, they are not identical. After all, you can have tight hamstrings yet excellent mobility, such as the ability to easily tilt forward at the hips. As you bend your hips forward, you may experience the opposite, with loose leg muscles but limited movement.

     Flexibility is more passive, and it can only be administered to a muscle in the range of motion of a joint. This necessitates mobility in order to maintain the range of motion of the body’s joints. Mobility practise is best done before a workout so you can focus on improving the space you generate in your joints.While dynamic stretching can aid with mobility, static stretching after a workout focuses on flexibility, whereas yoga can focus on both in one session. Most yoga workouts include a mix of poses that aid with mobility, flexibility, and overall strength, depending on the sequence you choose.

A YOGA CLASS CAN BE USED IN PLACE OF STRENGTH TRAINING

      Consider yoga to be an equivalent activity to strength training if you’re wondering how to incorporate it into your already jam-packed fitness programme. Yoga aids in the development of total strength and flexibility. It can be used in place of a strength training session or even on days when you need to recover.

      While stretching is important for injury prevention, the full-body approach of yoga makes it worthwhile to do some workout  to it.This helps to move joints, stretch muscles, tone organs, strengthen the body, breathe methodically, focus the mind, and so much more.

”You could find that a yoga practice helps you develop discipline, tolerance, and balance off the mat as well.”