An essential part to any athletic training program
The way your body performed during the race, and the way you feel now is most likely the result of a regular athletic training, and nutrition program.
Just as important as training your body on a regular basis when your getting ready for a triathlon, marathon, or any other athletic activity, is making sure you set aside the time to decompress all the pounding, tension, and pressure put on your body.
The thing is most people are not even aware of how their bodies are being affected from such continuous training. Are you?
When you begin your full-body scan you can start with the top of your head, and scan down through your body to your toes, or you can start with your toes, and work your way up to the top of your head. You can start this scan going in one direction, then continuing it scanning back in the other direction.
There is no real right way or wrong way to do this. The point of this exercise is to bring your focus to areas in the body where you may be holding tension, notice it, and then mentally allow that body part to relax, let go, and completely let gravity do the work.
After completing the full-body scan it would be great to reevaluate how your body feels. Does it feel any different? Are areas that were hurting or tight, feel better or loosened now? Do you still feel some tension in certain areas of the body?
If you’re still feeling some stiffness, or restriction in some areas, you may want to try our Yin Yoga Full-Body Post Race series we put together with our lovely athletes in mind.
Full-body Yin Yoga Post Race Series
- Improve flexibility
- Decrease stiffness
- Natural release of tension in your Fascia
- Calm connectedness of body and mind
This series is designed to help you bring awareness to areas of your body where you may be holding tension, or receiving a lot of pressure that is creating stiffness or pain.
After performing this series, you should feel an improvement in your joints, flexibility, also a release through your fascia, and an overall sensation of calm.
You want to be gentle, and patient through this process allowing the simple weight of your body to help lengthen your muscles, and decompress your joints. Make sure to take the time to breathe full, deep breaths. Usually a full breath can be measured by a 4-6 second inhale, followed by a 4-6 second exhale. If you notice you are struggling to breathe, then back off on the pose until your breathing returns to a relaxed effortless cycle.
*Optional props to use through this series are blocks, a yoga mat, and a foam roller, or rolled blanket, or towel.
This series can be completed once, and cycled back through as many times as needed for you to feel an improvement throughout your body.
Master & Founder of Yin Yoga
This series was designed from the poses taught by the Master, and Founder of Yin Yoga, Paulie Zink.
Yin Yoga is an art form not an exact science. The purpose of Yin yoga is to take us out of the systems of social convention, indoctrination and mechanistic ways of thinking, not to reinforce them by demanding conformity to rigid, limited paradigms. Yoga does not require scientific approval or validation. Intellectualizing the practice of yoga serves to obstruct a deeper understanding of its essence. The real power to authorize truth is contained within each and every one of us. ~ Paulie and Maria Zink
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