Yoga teacher Therese Furudalhad one vision in mind when she founded «Yoga stories in Åre».
“- To make yoga available for everyone and demystify it.”
Whether you´re a cross country skier, runner, cyclist, on a sick leave, paternal leave or work at an office, according to Therese, we can all benefit from applying yoga to our lives.
And don’t worry, you don´t have to go «full yogi» and change your training completely to active
- Yoga can be applied both as a warm up before your ordinary run or gym session, or as a way to recharge and reload after training.
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Therese recommends starting your workout routine by doing some flexibility and warming poses.
- To bring awareness to HOW you breathe, and to really sharpen your focus before starting. But most importantly to increase the flow of blood to the major muscles and prepare you for your.
“- The time you put in before a workout is extremely short if you compare it to the time you will spend recovering from an injury.”
According to Therese, yoga can help the body to get ready for more heavy training by warming up our joints and muscles, and to help us prepare mentally to improve our running/ skiing/ climbing.
Investing a few minutes after training on yoga practises is also a safe way to avoid
- Take a moment to let your rate go down and allow your body to tap into the system that is focused on repairing our cells. When we give the body more than it can handle, we risk injury. Take some time to recharge after your workout and stay healthy.
Here are some simple yoga poses you can apply before and/ or after your regular workout.
How to: Sit your hips as far down as you comfortably can. Add something underneath your heels if it´s difficult to get them to face the ground. Lower one arm towards the floor and lean the other hand on your head. Benefits: Stretches the groin, lower back, dacrum and hips. Perfect to start or end a workout with.
How to: Step one foot backward while lowering your hips so the front knee bends to 90 degrees and the back knee grazes the floor. At the same time, extend one arm to the ceiling while leaning the other arm on the floor.
Benefits: Stretches the groin and spine. Hold for 8-12 breaths and give your run the perfect start.
How to: Tighten your abdominals and pull your right knee toward your right hand placing your right foot as close to your left hand as you can. Keep your back leg long and keep your hips even as you relax your weight through the middle of your hips. Straighten your back. Practice the position dynamically before your workout, or keep it static for about 3 minutes as the end of your regular training session - or maybe just before bedtime.
Benefits: One of the best hip stretches around.
How to: Hold the position for at least 3 minutes to activate your parasympathetic nervous system that connects to the body's repair, recovery and muscle building.
Benefits: The ultimate recovery after a heavy workout or after a long workday. Investing as much time and energy in your recovery as you do in your regular exercise, will help your body maintain periods of high physical and mental stress.