Having a good range of motion is critical when swimming, and many people do not have the optimum range. This is where yoga can really help.There are several yoga poses that can help open up the chest area, releasing tension in the pectorals,relax the shoulder muscles, and even improve reach. It is recommended to practice these moves as part of a warm up routine to help prevent injuries and as a cool down routine to promote muscle recovery.
- Some of the benefits of the standing cat swimming-specific yoga pose are: it increases shoulder, wrist, and spinal mobility, and it relieves stress.
- In the standing cat yoga pose, one starts with a mountain pose and then interlaces the fingers, bringing the hands in front of the sternum.
- The overhead reach yoga pose for swimming mobility stretches the forearms, improves scapular awareness, and stretches both the back and sides of the body.
“The development of shoulder mobility is an important element of a swimming-specific yoga practice. Many swimmers have extremely tight shoulders, which limits their range of motion. This limited range of motion can have not only have a negative effect on performance, but can also leave swimmers vulnerable to injuries.”