Yoga cool down for athletes: We know that the last thing you want to do after a particularly tough WOD is to do anything at all, let alone yoga. However, this easy yoga cool down for athletes is a low-effort, gentle way to help your muscles recover after a workout and can head off that dreaded muscle soreness that’ll follow the next day. Try out the easy yoga cool down for athletes below.
Easy Yoga Cool Down for Athletes
Standing Side Bend
Stand with your feet together and your arms overhead with your palms together. Keeping your arms straight- or close to straight- lean to the left and right, taking the time to feel your sides open.
Arms-Overhead Forward Fold
Clasp your hands together behind your back, hinge forward at the hips, let your head hang, and bring your arms overhead. Sway slowly from side to side, letting the weight of your arms stretch your shoulders at different angles.
Relaxed Forward Fold
Release your hands and bend your knees slightly and allow your torso to rest on your thighs. Fold your arms so that your hands are in the crook of your elbows, and squeeze your hands into fists to release tension in your spine.
Wide-Legged Forward Fold
Stand with your feet placed 3-4 feet apart, and hinge your torso forward at the hips. “Roll” your spine down and rest your hands on the floor, letting your neck & head relax.
Stand with your feet placed 3-4 feet apart, and hinge your torso forward at the hips. “Roll” your spine down and rest your hands on the floor, letting your neck & head relax. Bring one arm upwards and look up at it, feeling your spine twist and open. Switch arms and repeat.
Place your hands on the ground & walk out into this modified downward dog. Keep your back straight, palms planted, and hips pushed back. Bend the knees, and let the heels rise.
Straighten the legs & bring the heels down on the mat. Use your hands to push your body back towards your heels until you feel a stretch throughout your back and legs.
One-Legged Downward Dog
From your downward dog, lift one leg up and point your foot at the sky. Repeat on the other leg before moving forward.
One-Legged Downward Dog with Bent Knee
From your one-legged downward dog, bend the knee and let the leg “fall” open to the side, as gravity uses the weight of your foot to open your hips in a gentle stretch. Repeat on the other side.
On all fours, arch your back upwards to “cat” pose, letting your head relax downwards. Then let your back curve downwards and look upwards in “cow” pose. Breathe deeply as you move back and forth between cat and cow poses.
Lay on your stomach and place your elbows below your shoulders. Prop yourself up on your forearms, taking care to keep your shoulders down and away from your ears.
Sit with your knees slightly apart and folded underneath your body, then lean forward to rest your forehead on the ground. Rest with your arms by your sides, or increase the stretch by reaching your arms forward.