Monday, November 16, 2009

Ashtanga yoga and gymnastics

Some sports train juniors into top athletes, while other sports enable adult hobbyists to stay fit. In team ball games, ice hockey is the serious sport while floorball is the sport of choice for amateurs. Many schools and companies have a floorball field reservation for their students or employees. In martial arts, wrestling trains young professional athletes while krav maga, kickboxing and various schools with Japanese names train adults.

For gymnastics, the closest matching adult sport is Ashtanga yoga. Yoga covers those parts of gymnastics which are realistic for adults, and which are not better trained at gym.
  • Flexibility exercises - included in Ashtanga Yoha
  • Static strength positions - included in Ashtanga Yoga
  • Pulling and pressing - better trained in gym
  • Dynamic acrobatics - out of reach for adults
Many static positions are part of both gymnastics and Ashtanga yoga, with different names:
Alexandra Kroha in a split.

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