Is Yoga Really a “Sport”?
My daughter has taken an interest lately in Yoga. I personally have little to no interest in Yoga. This poses a problem when “Daddy’s Girl” wants her Daddy to do Yoga with her. So needless to say, Daddy now does Yoga…But it made me think, “Is Yoga Really a “Sport”?
In my defense, the Yoga I do is DDP Yoga (Diamond Dallas Page Yoga) which is a little bit higher intensity Yoga meant to get the heart rate up a little too. Currently I use DDP Yoga as my “Off Day Workout” for #SummerofMove for Team #MQuattro or for days when I just cannot get to the gym. I have been doing this program 2-3 days per week for 2 weeks now, and I can honestly say I already have improved flexibility. Touching the ground when I bend over is becoming a realistic goal. I think a few less beers on my off days and I should be able to put palms to the ground by the end of the summer.
New Yoga Research
So is Yoga a sport? I would argue almost anything that gets you moving is a sport. There was a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in June of 2017 (which is hot off the presses in the world of research articles). The article showed that physical therapy and yoga groups both showed the same amount of improvement in pain and activity limitation over time. The Yoga vs. Physical Therapy Article can be found here. Am I worried I may be out of a job? No. As a matter of fact, I think this is a good thing for the world of Physical Therapy. If yoga is shown to help with back pain, and more people are getting active and doing it (myself included) and staying committed to it, we as healthcare practitioners should embrace it and ride the wave. I view it as more avenues for improved health.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
I may not be able to touch my palms to the floor yet due to my beer belly (and genuinely tight hamstrings), but getting to do Yoga with my daughter is worth all of the pain and soreness.