During my experience in teaching I have noticed how yoga is becoming more and more popular amongst athletes. I have had the opportunity to teach athletes with very different profiles (i.e. running, cycling, skiing, climbing) of and all of them agree about the benefits of yoga in their respective sport.
Yoga brings strength, flexibility and physiological balance, but it also enhances concentration skills in any sport. It is preventive and therapeutic. However, most importantly, unlike other kinds of exercise, it works without causing strain and imbalance in the body. Through the breathing techniques, Yoga allows us to safely go deeper in the poses, teaches us to be focused and increases our concentration.
Therefore, yoga practice is an ideal complement to other forms of exercise and an extreme advantage to any sport.
Although yoga is non-competitive, it can be very challenging and brings a bit fun to exercising.