How CrossFit Helped My Yoga Practice

Jenny Dean
How CrossFit Helped My Yoga Practice

About a year ago, a friend asked me to try a CrossFit class with her, and I thought to myself, “Sure, I will try anything once.”

The Cult of CrossFit

I used to think negatively of the CrossFit ‘cult' and thought it was just a gimmick for people who weren't really focused on true fitness. I thought it was unusual how they yelled at each other, and truthfully, I thought the high socks they wore looked, well, silly.

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The day I went, I had been a yoga instructor for three years and have always loved everything about yoga, especially how it helped me learn to sweat my worries out on my mat. I kept thinking I wouldn't like any other workout to the same degree...until I went to that ONE CrossFit class.

I realized quickly why they wear those silly long socks (after scraping my own shin up), and why they scream at the last person finishing. It is truly all about a community and building each other up.

From that day forward, I started incorporating CrossFit into my regular workout along with yoga. I feel like I have found a PERFECT mix between strength, balance, and flexibility…not to mention mental relief and peace.

Super Strength

After a year of doing CrossFit regularly, I have noticed that my strength has improved, which is especially needed for my arm balances in yoga, and my core has become super strong because of all the specialized lifting and programming.

If you decide to incorporate CrossFit (or cross training) into your regimen, day by day, class by class, you will notice the amazing things your body is capable of, such as:

  • Increased core strength
  • Better endurance
  • Amazing body awareness
  • Controlled breath and focus
  • Increased mobility and flexibility
  • Becoming the best version of YOU

Becoming the best version of who you are means being fully engaged in what you do, and sometimes that means going out and trying things you never thought you would. When I think of mixing things up, this quote speaks to me: If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine—it's lethal. ~Paul Coelho