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Yoga VS Deep Stretching Review: A 4-Week Recovery and Strength Program

For many, injuries can be disheartening, especially when traditional workout routines like weight training or long runs are off the table. However, yoga and deep stretching provide an excellent alternative. Not only can these forms of exercise enhance strength and endurance, but they can also be a powerful recovery tool.

Week 1: Foundation & Flexibility
Day 1:
• Gentle Warm-Up: 5 minutes of deep breathing and light arm circles.
• Basic Yoga Poses: Downward Dog, Child’s Pose, Cat-Cow Stretch. Hold each for 30 seconds, repeating 3 times.
• Deep Stretch: Hamstring stretch, and Quadriceps stretch, holding each for 1 minute.

Day 2:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of gentle walking in place and side stretches.
• Basic Yoga Poses: Mountain Pose, Forward Fold, Cobra Pose. Hold each for 30 seconds, repeating 3 times.
• Deep Stretch: Spinal twist and Butterfly stretch, holding each for 1 minute.

Days 3 and 4: Rest or light walking.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Day 5:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of deep breathing and shoulder rolls.
• Basic Yoga Poses: Tree Pose, Bridge Pose, Happy Baby. Hold each for 30 seconds, repeating 3 times.
• Deep Stretch: Hip flexor stretch and calf stretch, holding each for 1 minute.

Days 6 and 7: Rest or light walking.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Week 2: Strength & Stability
Day 1:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of neck rolls and ankle circles.
• Yoga Sequence: Sun Salutation A – 3 rounds at a comfortable pace.
• Deep Stretch: Pigeon pose and Seated forward bend, holding each for 1-2 minutes.

Day 2:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of wrist circles and side lunges.
• Yoga Sequence: Warrior I, Warrior II, and Triangle Pose. Hold each for 45 seconds, repeating 2 times.
• Deep Stretch: Lizard pose and Straddle stretch, holding each for 1-2 minutes.

Days 3 and 4: Rest or light walking.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Day 5:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of hip circles and gentle torso twists.
• Yoga Sequence: Chair Pose, Plank Pose, and Locust Pose. Hold each for 45 seconds, repeating 2 times.
• Deep Stretch: Shoulder stretch and Triceps stretch, holding each for 1-2 minutes.

Days 6 and 7: Rest or light walking.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Week 3: Endurance & Energy
Day 1:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of knee lifts and side steps.
• Yoga Flow: Flow between Downward Dog, Plank, Cobra, and Child’s Pose for 10 minutes.
• Deep Stretch: Forward bend with leg variations and Supine twist, holding each for 2 minutes.

Day 2:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of toe-tapping and arm sweeps.
• Yoga Flow: Flow between Warrior I, Warrior II, and Reverse Warrior for 10 minutes.
• Deep Stretch: Camel pose and Frog pose, holding each for 2 minutes.

Days 3 and 4: Rest or light walking.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Day 5:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of dynamic side stretches and ankle rolls.
• Yoga Flow: Flow between Bridge Pose, Supine leg stretch, and Wind-Relieving Pose for 10 minutes.
• Deep Stretch: Hamstring stretch with a strap and Neck stretch, holding each for 2 minutes.

Days 6 and 7: Rest or light walking.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Week 4: Integration & Recovery
Day 1:
• Gentle Warm-Up: 5 minutes of breathing and visualization.
• Full Body Yoga Sequence: Mix poses from previous weeks, flowing at a gentle pace for 15 minutes.
• Deep Stretch: Full-body stretching, spending 2-3 minutes on each area of focus.

Day 2:
• Warm-Up: 5 minutes of gentle spine movements and leg lifts.
• Balancing Yoga Sequence: Incorporate Tree Pose, Eagle Pose, and Half Moon Pose. Practice each for 1 minute.
• Deep Stretch: Side body stretch and Inner thigh stretch, holding each for 2-3 minutes.

Days 3 and 4: Rest or light walking.

On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

Day 5:
• Gentle Warm-Up: 5 minutes of mindful movements.
• Relaxing Yoga Sequence: Incorporate poses like Legs-Up-The-Wall, Savasana, and Seated meditation for 15 minutes.
• Deep Stretch: Gentle stretches of any areas still feeling tight, holding each for 3 minutes.

Days 6 and 7: Rest, recovery, and meditation.
On rest days we prefer to incorporate active recovery at least twice within the 4-week training regimen if your body permits it. Listen to your body but know that sometimes the best way to beat soreness is to get moving.

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