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Hi Coach!!
I was curious if you had ever heard of anyone using yoga (once or twice a week) while training the Oly lifts. I have no flexability issues, so I don't want to be in danger of overstretching any ligamnets. I enjoy it because of the unloading chracteristics it has on the spine and the stretches I can get in the shouler girdle. I simply don't want it to get in the way of progressing in the lifts.
Thank you.

John | 2006-06-15

non of my lifters have taken yoga, but i am not against it. i would like casey burgener to take it and even sage and cody, my own children....i think they would benefit from the discipline yoga instills as well as the health, flex benefits. as i understand it yoga is a great tool for learning how to breath, relax and clean the mind. have some fun with it. coach b
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Greg Everett
I'm against it! Vehemently! Yoga as a self-contained activity is all well and good, but as far as transferability to other athletic endeavors, it's suspect at best. Connective tissue damage is a definite concern. Check out the "Getting Stiff" article in issue 15 Performance Menu - you can download that issue for free at

If you do experiment with yoga, be absolutely critical of positions because many of them will place excessive torque on joints that will compromise joint integrity over time.
Keith - CrossFit NYC
I think we have had this debate before, but I think an all out ban against yoga is a bit much. Certainly there are lot of benefits that are transferable--breathing, mental calm, relaxation, flexibility, static strength, balance, coordination. While certain poses or practices might be questionable, that can be said of many programs. I have flipped open many a book on stretching that has questionable stretches in there. I have witnessed first hand, coaches teaching improper stretching techniques that can be injuries to ligaments and muscles. Being so dismissive is probably throwing out the baby with the bathwater. You're certainly entitled to an opinion, but I think an all out ban is a little unfair.
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