For starters, it can help with muscular fitness and flexibility, says Ralph La Forge, a physiologist at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina: "Low-resistance hatha yoga is ideal for relaxing muscles that are tight from competition." BREATH OF INSPIRATION One of the biggest boons that yoga offers an athlete has nothing to do with working muscles and bones, instead, it's all about learning to work with your breathing to quiet the nervous system and hone your focus on the task at hand. The repetitive motion of overhead serving takes a toll on the rotator cuff, a tight-knit cluster of muscles and tendons surrounding and supporting the shoulder joint.
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