Why do swimmers need yoga

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Why do swimmers need yoga

21 June 2017

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On the day of yoga we decided to talk about swimming and yoga “in one bottle”. Swimming coach Terry Laughlin, whose books are cited by most Western authors on triathlon, has developed his own swimming method “Full Immersion”. On it, children and adults learn to swim like a fish in water. It is curious that he is based on Eastern philosophy. In many ways – for yoga. It turns out that it helps swimmers conserve energy, regain strength and keep their minds clear.

Swimming-martial arts

Official swimming instructions have been around for decades at most, while martial arts have been taught and studied for thousands of years, giving masters much more opportunity to improve each skill.

Their indisputable rule is: “Do not practice a movement if you cannot execute it correctly.” We’ve added one new addition to it: Avoid the Struggle.

Pupils mastering this or that single combat always start with absolutely elementary positions and movements and then move in small steps to more complex ones.

Only hard training will make you a master – the source.

They very quickly understand that seemingly simple movements later transform into more complex ones. They can be practiced at many levels. The more patiently and thoughtfully they practice each step, the smoother and easier it becomes for them to work with more advanced skills. They gain mastery.

Take a breather with “yogic breathing”

Generations of swimmers and trainers were deeply convinced that everything, including practicing the exercises, should be done as quickly as possible and with as little rest as possible. They were constantly worried about the volume of training.

Let me be clear: the goal of training is to maximize energy intake, and the purpose of exercise is to reduce energy expenditure.

The savings in energy are consistently and quickly yielding positive results. To reap all the potential benefits of this, you must exercise patiently and thoughtfully. One proven way is to ignore the stopwatch. When a swimmer focuses on the quality of his movements, he does not keep track of time. The only thing he is focused on is gliding lightly and calmly on the water, making correct and coordinated movements.


To swim means to relax – the source.

But while I usually ignore the clock, I still want my students to have enough time to maintain a good aerobic heart condition. This allows you to focus on careful, careful skill training. We do this by doing relaxing breathing exercises from yoga during rest and recovery. This method gives a double result: it normalizes breathing, thereby slowing down the heartbeat, and also allows you to collect your thoughts and concentrate.

Recover on every swim

The technique is simple: inhale slowly, then exhale without effort. Relax a little before inhaling again. You can easily adjust your rest by controlling the number of breaths you breathe in and out before your next exercise or swim.

When I teach, I recommend that swimmers take at least three breaths in between the “balance points” (irreplaceable recovery pauses) in training. Later, they can reduce the number of breaths to one or two so that the rhythm of the exercise becomes more “swimming”. Extending the balance point pause to five or seven breaths will allow you to focus on your footwork, which is much more valuable than using a swimboard. Taking fewer breaths, be careful not to overwork.

Recover at the side

We also use yoga to restore breathing after every swim. I also recommend at least three breaths after the repetition. You can adjust the time of your rest. If you feel slightly out of breath or tired, add a few breaths. On longer swims, such as 50 meters instead of 25, you can increase the pause from three breaths to, say, five.

By experimenting with breathing, you will find that this is the simplest way to fine-tune your respite times. In addition, you will be better concentrated. In freestyle swimming, heightened attention is always a huge plus.


Feel like a fish in water. Or like a dog 🙂 Source.

If you are like me, you will soon find yourself using breathing as a respite and during other activities.

I first came across this breathing technique in yoga class and quickly realized its value in swimming. Now I use it everywhere – when I check how long I can be in a stretched state, when I change yoga classes from meditative (more breaths in each position) to more dynamic (one breath in each position), when I adjust the interval from 500 to 1000 meters during while exercising on the rowing machine.

Based on the book “Full Immersion”

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