Yoga, with its combination of dynamic and static stretching is highly effective at releasing muscular tension, while also encouraging mindfulness and focus on the movements.
World class athletes and programs including NBA superstar LeBron James, legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, and the New Zealand All Blacks all swear by it. So does Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin and countless other swimmers and teams.
The benefits of yoga have been shown over and over again to be effective at increasing mobility, improving core strength, and perhaps most critically for swimmers looking to get an edge, shortening recovery times between sessions. The benefits of yoga go far beyond the pool as well. Research has shown yoga to have positive returns on stress levels, immune system function, and can even help to soothe anxiety and depression.