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Yoga has not only helped my physically, but mentally as well. This yoga improves core strength, flexibility and balance, which are all required for whitewater kayaking. I’ve also noticed a significant improvement in muscle tone. Years of lifting weights tends to bulk you up and this yoga has helped slim down and stay toned. Mentally, it helps calm me down on stressful days, lets me relax more and breathe deeper while paddling a difficult, scary stretch of whitewater … and of course there is that incredible body buzz and euphoric feeling after 90 minutes in the hot room. The Yogasm, I call it.