VIDEO: Flexible Warrior Yoga - The Flexibility Sequence

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Presented by Karen Dubs of FlexibleWarrior.com

This clinic was part of the 2008 Multisport World Expo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Flexible Warrior athletic yoga is a series of poses with triathletes specifically in mind.  All of these poses can serve to alleviate the regular muscle tightness that many triathletes get. 

Cross train with yoga for your best race season. Yoga can increase flexibility, reduce chances of injury that keep you sidelined, speed recovery and improve range of motion and posture. This short yoga inspired flexibility sequence is great to do after a race day or training session, when your muscles are still warm but your heart rate has recovered.

The 3rd and last video in this series is the Flexibility sequence, a series of slow, restorative poses.
 
To incorporate all three Flexible Warrior sequences into your training, start with the Energy Sequences 1 & 2 to warm up prior to your training session, then take your swim, bike or run followed by the Flexibility Sequence. The extra 15 - 30 minutes you take to warm up, cool down and stretch should help you feel more focused, aligned, rejuvenated and recovered.

 The poses covered in this flexibility sequence are:

  • Sitting Pose
  • Seated Pigeon
  • Reclined Pigeon
  • Reclined Butterfly
  • Chavasana

Additional information:

General Pose Guidelines

The poses of all three of the segments in this series are also fully represented in the edited DVD:

FLEXIBLE WARRIOR ATHLETIC YOGA
Yoga for Triathletes Vol. 1

Practice Tips:

  • Move slowly and deliberately from one pose to the next. Listen to your body.
  • Do not force a stretch! Doing so will only tighten muscles and result in injury.
  • Hold each pose for 5 –10 breath cycles before moving onto the next stretch.
  • Focus on full diaphragmatic breathing to open the body and calm the mind.
  • Practice this sequence 3 to 5 times a week, or after each swim, bike or run.

The following guidelines help ensure your safety:

*Listen to and follow instructions carefully
*Do not perform postures or movements that are painful
*Breathe smoothly as you stretch
*Do no hold your breath or strain to attain any position
*Work gently, respecting your bodies abilities and limits
*Ask for help if you are unsure of any movement
*Pregnant women must consult their healthcare provider before starting yoga

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Yoga For Triathlete's by Flexible Warrior Part 3 (105 downloads)

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date: April 19, 2009

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Flexible Warrior

If you are an athlete and think yoga isn't for you because it's too weird, too slow, "you're not flexible"...then you need to try Flexible Warrior Athletic Yoga for flexibility, total body conditioning and cross training!

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If you are an athlete and think yoga isn't for you because it's too weird, too slow, "you're not flexible"...then you need to try Flexible Warrior Athletic Yoga for flexibility, total body conditioning and cross training!

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