Yoga is often looked down upon by people who do neither
practice it nor understand it, but the truth is that it has a huge number of
benefits for people from all different walks of life. For example, yoga can be used to treat mental health problems
, such as anxiety and depression, and many successful business people
yoga and/or meditation. Sports people use yoga, too. British soccer teams
Manchester United and Manchester City use yoga to stay fit and flexible
meditation and reflection can help calm the mind for slower, more strategic
sports, like snooker, darts, and bowling. So, yoga and cheerleading are an obvious
Practicing meditation and yoga is hugely beneficial for cheerleaders because it
helps develop flexibility and stamina, while simultaneously encouraging a sense
of focus and discipline. And, yoga is on
the rise, too! The number of American yoga practitioners increased by 29% from 2008 to 2012
over 20 million people embracing it. $27 billion is spent every year in the United
States alone on yoga products. And, it’s increasingly popular amongst people of
all ages and demographics–from older office workers to promising young
cheerleaders. Here are just a few reasons why yoga and cheerleading work so
1. Natural flexibility.
encourages extra flexibility without forcing your body to act unnaturally. Yoga
doesn’t develop the body through brute force; it encourages muscle mass and
flexibility to develop slowly over time. This also reduces the likelihood of
sustaining an injury during training.
2. Enhanced concentration.
many Western disciplines, yoga comes with its own philosophy and way of life,
which can help to sharpen the mind and reduce distractions. In fact, this
increase in concentration applies to many different areas of life–from the
schoolyard to the workplace, and beyond! Dan Latch of Aussiewritings.com
believes that yoga can even have its place in the classroom. He says that, “yoga
helps people to focus on essays and revision, and to prepare the mind for
stressful examination halls,” and this extra focus carries over to
cheerleading, too. After all, the sport causes over half of all “catastrophic” injuries to female
, and a little extra focus could make the difference between
a stunning performance and a career-ending injury.
3. Faster recovery time.
just for when you’re at full fitness. In fact, it can help you to gently
recover from injuries and muscle damage, or get back into shape after taking
some time out. It is particularly useful when recovering from injuries that
were caused by stretching or stunting, and it can also help to improve your posture
is always a plus for cheerleaders!
4. Training of new muscle groups.
of the biggest advantages of yoga is that the poses activate muscle groups that are dormant during other
. Asanas push practitioners to develop a healthy balance
throughout the body by using a more rounded, holistic approach to physical
5. Inspiration through acro-yoga.
is one of the more interesting spinoffs of traditional yoga: combining yoga
with acrobatics to create something that resembles an entirely new sport. It’s
more vigorous than traditional yoga, but many of the poses are similar to cheer
formations and it can be a great way to get fit with a partner, boosting
collaboration and communication between cheerleaders.
There’s always been plenty of scope for sportspeople to use yoga to further
develop themselves, and cheerleaders are in a particularly good place to
benefit from the mental and physical benefits that yoga has to offer. After
all, cheerleading is a fast-paced sport that calls for high levels of physical
fitness, focus, teamwork, and coordination–the four areas that practicing yoga
can help to improve! Ultimately, yoga shouldn’t become a part of your training
routine; it should become a part of your daily life. It’s not about becoming
better than the competition. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself
that you can be. Good luck.
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