As a sports lover, you know that injuries come with the territory. You know that injuries, whether caused by repetitive motion, imbalances in your biomechanics or both, can be painful, frustrating, and limiting.
Yoga is a great tool for preventing injuries. Through a combination of active and passive stretching, yoga can be helpful to keep you injury-free.
One of the most common injuries for athletes is plantar fasciitis. To prevent plantar fasciitis, practice these two yoga poses on days you train or workout. If you are recovering and your injury is acute, rest until the inflammation subsides. When you feel better, practice these two poses.
Reclined Leg Stretch
What it Does: Reclined Leg Stretch provides a safe stretch for the hamstrings and the tissue that runs along the back of the hip, thigh and calf, which tugs on the sole of the foot when it gets tight.
How to Practice: Lie on your back, legs together. Strongly extend through the heels.
Keep the left leg pressed on the ground as you bend the right knee to the chest. Place a strap around the arch of the right foot and hold the strap loosely in both hands.
Exhale and extend the right leg straight up. Walk your hands up the strap until the elbows are fully extended. Keep your neck relaxed and make sure you are not throwing your head back.
Lengthen the back of the leg between the buttock bone and heel. Try not to be overly enthusiastic about pulling your leg toward your chest. Instead, emphasize the grounding of your left leg as you draw your arms back into their sockets and lift your collarbones.
Hold for 30 seconds to one minute. Breathe evenly and then slowly release. Repeat on the left side.