Will yoga make me more flexible? And is it good for sports?
Ultimately, yes. Improved flexibility is the most well-known benefit of yoga, and for very good reason. Now we’re not necessarily talking about being able to bend yourself in half – you’re far better off taking things slow and at a pace that suits you. Over the weeks, though, as you continue to practise, you’ll begin to notice yourself becoming more and more flexible.
Stretching out tight muscles not only feels amazing, but it also helps keep your body in its proper alignment, and that’s vital for keeping those annoying aches and pains at bay.
This is particularly important if you train certain muscle groups hard. Cyclists, for example, can find themselves with tight, shortened leg muscles right from their ankles to their hip flexors. Balancing out all that power training with some controlled stretching is a great way to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.