Yoga for Swimmers (Video) – 3 Poses to Enhance Recovery

In March I wrote an article entitled ‘3 Restorative Yoga Poses to Help the Effectiveness of Your Taper‘ the video above is an adjunct to that article.

Restorative Yoga is a practice that uses props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps to allow participants to perform yoga poses where they completely let go of all tension and stress.

In this type of yoga poses are held for 5-20 minutes (very few classes will actually have you in a pose for 20 minutes). This method allows the body to effectively release tension. The challenge is allowing yourself to be in stillness, but stillness will help enhance recovery.


  • Taps into the parasympathetic nervous system which will:
    • Reduce cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone)
    • Improve sleep
    • Increase the effectiveness of nutrient absorption
  • Releases muscular tension
  • Allow for greater sense of calm in both the body and mind

One style of breath you can use when doing these poses is a three part breath, which is explained below:



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ExcelWithGrace-icon 3Excel With Grace’s mission is to assist people in improving their health and achieving their athletic goals through the creation and delivery of targeted yoga.

Excel with Grace offers specialized Sport Specific and Therapeutic Yoga programs and workshops in Vancouver, BC.

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About Jeff

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Jeff Grace is the owner and operator of Excel with Grace which specializes in teaching sport specific and therapeutic yoga.

Jeff is trained in vinyasa (flow), hatha, yin, restorative and therapeutic yoga practices. He is also completing his 500 hour certification as a yoga therapist.

Jeff has been deeply immersed in the sport of swimming for decades. He has been coaching for over 20 years and has had athletes medal at both CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Championships and Age Group Nationals.

Other articles in our Yoga for Swimmers series include:

Video – A Short Sequence for Your Knees

3 Poses to Keep Your Knees Healthy

5 Ways to Make Yoga More Enjoyable

7 Reasons Why Swimmers Should Do Yoga

3 Ways to Increase Shoulder Stability

3 Fundamentals of Yoga to Focus on With Swimmers

3 Restorative Yoga Poses to Help the Effectiveness of Your Taper 

4 Ways Mindfulness Can Improve Your Swimming Performance

3 Ways You Can Use Yoga to Prepare for a Race

A Short Sequence for the Shoulders

Incorporating Yoga Into Your Seasonal Plan

Yoga a Key Part of World Champion Mitch Larkin’s Success

Yoga for Swimmers: Release Tension in Your Quads and Glutes

Why Yoga Takes Swimming to the Next Level

Yoga for Swimmers: Increase Your Core Strength

Why Olympic Swimming Champion Rebecca Soni Does Yoga


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About Jeff Grace

Jeff Grace

Jeff is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher who holds diplomas in Coaching (Douglas College) and High Performance Coaching (National Coaching Institute - Calgary). He has a background of over 20 years in the coaching profession, where he has used a unique and proven teaching methodology to help many achieve their …

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