Yoga Postures for Weightlifting

Well now, ever ready to push the yoga tolerance envelope here on Tnation, especially in light of the general scepticism expressed here as to yoga’s efficacy, I hereby post some poses specifically recommended for weightlifters. These come from the Sports section of the book “YOGA:Sequences for your Body, Mind and Soul” by Jessie Chapman.

I won’t post all the detailed descriptions - it’ll take too long and a quick Google will yield all the info and then some available, including videos and pictures of the correct ways to do these postures. But here are the names with their accompanying Sanskrit names:

Triangle Pose - Trikonasana

Foot Leg Extension Pose - Padottanasana

Cat Shoulder Stretch

Bound Angle Pose - Baddha Konasana

Sequence of:
Happy Twist Pose - Sukhasana Twist;
Forward Rest;
Alternate nostril breathing (stop this if you start to feel anxious or tight in the chest); Savasana (Rest Pose)

If you do try these out, the key is to breathe steadily and constantly, generally in through the nose and out through the nose. Postures, while sometimes difficult, are meant to promote calm minds and focus, and open up and relax those parts of the body often rendered tight by lifting. The more deliberately you do these the better.

Hope these prove useful to those brave enough to give them a go!