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Yoga Poses for Swimmers

August 12, 2022 2 min read

How yoga can improve your swimming

Swimming is an incredible sport for cross-training. You may know that its benefits include low-impact and low-risk exercises. What you may not know is how it pairs seamlessly with yoga. With an intense focus on breathwork and rhythm, both swimming and yoga are complementary. In fact, let’s call them a match made in heaven.

Strengthen your torso with yoga to perfect your stroke

In swimming, you may rely more on upper body strength. While going to the gym and lifting weights is a good option, yoga can help increase your strength while using your body weight.

  • Start adding fast-paced Sun Salutations to your routine. Include Forward-Bend-to-Plank jumps and Chaturanga. Continue with a few rounds of Plank to Chaturanga to Downward Facing Dog.
  • Add Vasisthasana for a challenge pose that will also challenge your balance and core strength.
  • Finish with a few rounds of Half to Full Boat Pose to fire up your core.
How Yoga Can Improve Your Swimming

Develop upper body mobility

Working on your flexibility will ensure that your stroke is more efficient. Poor shoulder rotation and tight back muscles will compromise your technique. This is where backbends come in.

  • Include Cobra Pose in the Sun Salutations we were talking about and make sure you’re lifting from your back and not your arms.
  • Salabhasana (Locust Pose) is a great back, glute and leg strengthener that works on the mobility of your shoulder joint.
  • Follow with Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) and remember to look up and kick hard with your legs to increase the lift.
  • Slowly transition to Bridge Pose to tone your back and stretch your shoulders and arms. This pose also works your thighs to refine your kick.

Stretch your lower body

Yoga Poses for Swimmers | Mukha Yoga
  • Give your legs a chance to release tension by adding Dandasana (Staff Pose), any twist in the Marichyasana family and Hero Pose.
  • Finish any sequence with hip flexor stretches like Happy Baby Pose and Adho Mukha Virasana (Downward Facing Hero Pose).

Whether you are a swimmer looking for yoga-inspired workouts for recovery days or a yogi eager to complement your practice with the cardio and resistance training that swimming offers, these asanas will work wonders on your body. Give them a try!

Aimeé Durán Triujeque l Mukha Yoga Writer
By Aimeé Durán Triujeque; All Rights Reserved @2022

Aimeé Durán Triujeque l Mukha Yoga Writer By Aimeé Durán Triujeque; All Rights Reserved @2022