Why trekkers should consider yoga

April 27, 2016

Why trekkers should consider yoga

When you’re putting one foot in front of the other, ascending through the fog, your body swaying from side-to-side as the knees ache with every step - you wonder how you could have come a little more prepared.

Yoga can help prevent pre and post trek pain with its range of breathing and stretching. The vast range of stretches significantly helps to prepare your knees, hip, and back from potential injuries. If you’re a trekker and haven’t picked up yoga, here are a few other things the ancient practice can do for you.

High altitudes

Practicing yoga allows for better oxygen absorption, meaning you can cope better with tighter air and higher altitude training that mountains demand. The deep, focused breathing helps open the lungs and allows us to absorb greater levels of oxygen, keeping us more focused on achieving what we set out to.

Strength and endurance

Yoga improves core and muscle tone, meaning we can achieve more from a hike through strength. A stronger and more defined core helps our bodies last the distance and persevere through the tough peaks. We are able to trek further and stay more determined throughout.

Keeps us at ease

The breathing and meditative effects of yoga increases the awareness of the beautiful natural environment around you. It helps relax the mind, which ultimately means that we can push through higher pain barriers.

Our bodies are designed to achieve so much more than our minds allow us to, and with yoga, we can train our minds to accept the unknown and persevere through the exhaustion or muscle pain before hitting that summit.

For hiking, it comes down to mind over matter. By practicing yoga our bodies can stretch that extra mile, helping us feel like we’ve accomplished something by stepping out of our comfort zones – and this is where the real adventure begins!

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