yoga for crossfit

CrossFit and yoga are both favourite ways of sweating in Columbus, so to introduce you to our almost open Polaris Store, our educator Layne asked yogi and ambassador Lara Falberg which yoga poses are best for elevating your CrossFit practice.

yin and yang

At first glance, yoga and CrossFit seem like an unlikely combination. Once you learn more about the two disciplines, however, you begin to realize that yoga can really be the peanut butter to CrossFits’ jelly. Lara Falberg, an ambassador here in Columbus, Ohio, helped me realize how many similarities there are between yoga and CrossFit.

Physically, CrossFit depends on the flexibility of the body in order to remain injury free. When speaking with alumni ambassador and 2010 Crossfit Games Champion, Grahm Holmberg, he brought up three important body parts to be mindful of in order to get the most bang for your WOD (that's CrossFit speak for 'workout of the day'): hips, ankles, and shoulders. These body parts should remain stretched and strong for success.

yoga poses for crossfitters

Lara chose three yoga poses for CrossFitters to focus on, that will strengthen and stretch the hips, ankles and shoulders.


Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, is incredible for opening up your hips. If you know a thing or two about hip openers it tends to be where we hold a lot of emotion so don’t worry if you start to get a little teary eyed!


Eagle Pose or Garudasana, will stretch your ankles as well as improve your endurance. It’s best to warm your body before this pose.


Camel Pose or Ustrasana, is great for strengthening your shoulders and opening your chest. It complements those handstand pushups you have been working on.

most importantly...

Listen to your body. Yoga will improve your flexibility and increase strength but it also teaches you to be aware of what your body needs. Add some yoga into your CrossFit routine to remain injury-free.

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Great post! Thank you! I will incorporate these poses into my workouts and my clients workouts after strength training.

Comment by Demi — September 25, 2012 @ 2:27 am

Thank you for this post! As a fellow yogini and yoga instructor at a couple CrossFit gyms, it is very valuable to have heightened awareness of ones body to perform WODs safely.

Comment by Allison Lyttle — September 25, 2012 @ 10:33 am

Great post, Layne!

Comment by Nina — September 25, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

I love seeing crossfit on lulu pages! Our cf gym loves us some lulu!!!

Comment by jean — September 25, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

I like yoga, but do NOT think lulu will take off in crossfit, it’s not “tough enough” (at least not for my husband). the colors certaintly arent arent tough enough for the washing mashine…anyone else still having issues with bleeding?

Comment by Blair — September 26, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

I only wear lulu to my crossfit box…so do the coaches. It wears like iron, incredibly cute and washes great everytime!

Comment by Renee — September 27, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

I love seeing a posting about crossfit and yoga. I was surprised at how much crossfit has elevated my yoga practice, I especially see vast improvements in my utkatasana & chaturanga. Being open from yoga also helps keep my muscles safe during the WODs. Love them both!!

Comment by Devin — September 27, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

We offer yoga three days a week at our box. Very functional for mobility and breathing. And of course, we all wear Lulu and so do our athletes.

Comment by Matt — January 5, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

Thank you for your post – I’m loving the layering of Yoga with CrossFit and CrossFit with Yoga. I teach Yoga at a CrossFit box in Brunswick and also train there, so it’s great to get your perspective on which poses benefit us the most in our training. xx (i also loved my time with lululemon athletica melbourne for 4 years!! Talk about an extraordinary company to work for…)

Comment by Danica Lani — September 4, 2013 @ 12:43 am

Love this post because it’s so true! I split up my week between yoga and crossfit and feel the best I ever have! How about eating paleo/primal and practicing yoga? Is any like me out there and do both? I started a blog about it!

Comment by Kelsey — October 11, 2013 @ 6:17 am

Note that the photo of Chaturanga is not done correctly. Over time, having shoulders lower than or at same height as elbows in this pose will cause shoulder injuries in many yogis.

Comment by Verona — November 28, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

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