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Yoga is for everyone, athletes included. Yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength, among other things. Any athlete could benefit hugely by adding yoga to her or his training regimen. Here’s more details on a few of the perks:

Strength: No amount of weight-lifting with free weights will give you the strength that consistently holding up your own body weight will.

Flexibility: Practicing yoga increases flexibility and ease of movement, therefore increasing range of motion. In particular, athletes in sports that require swinging action (tennis, golf, etc.) can benefit greatly. Flexibility in general also helps to prevent injury.

Balance: Balancing poses in yoga improve overall balance in everything you do, preventing falls and injury.  When you learn how to be soft and go with the flow, you can more easily bend and are less likely to break or fall over.

Endurance: The endurance that the ease of yoga gives you lends to endurance sports like running, triathlons, and Iron Mans. When you learn to tune into your body and mind, everything can be a meditation—sports included. Yoga also helps you learn how to pace yourself: slow and steady, in it for the long haul.

Core: Almost everything you do in yoga works on your core strength. Strong core equals a healthy back and a healthy body.

Stability: Yoga helps strengthen all of the little stabilizing muscles that people tend to miss in other physical workouts and are vital in protecting your joints and spine (among other things).

Recovery: Yoga also helps put athletes back together after injuries. Again: You’re tuning into your body and giving it the care it wants and needs. Yoga also elongates all of the muscles that athletes spend so long contracting, so it is a great counter-action.

Most importantly, yoga changes the way you think and approach everything in life: When you learn to move with ease and stop forcing things, you will prevent injuries and your body will open with your mind, increasing your flexibility all around.

Some more interesting facts:

  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the famous basketball player, practices yoga daily.
  • Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Eagles, The Miami Dolphins, and New York Giants are some of the sports clubs which have included and recommend yoga for athletes.
  • Kent Katich,  of All Sport Yoga and also the winner of the prestigious title “Yoga guru of the NBA” given by ESPN. Says the way yoga used to be projected earlier made a negative impact on the mind of athletes. But over time, people, especially, those who are into sports have come to terms with the goodness of this ancient Vedic practice.
  • This kind of mind-body exercise offers an all-encompassing plethora of benefits including spiritual, cognitive, physical, and psychological which an athlete or a sportsman need more than anything. What more? Doing yoga does not only charge up the body and its muscle, but it works as a mental-trainer too by boosting up self-confidence and self-esteem, purifying the mind and soul by eliminating all kind of negative energies, and by developing an enhanced sense of self-control under any trying circumstances.
  • So if you are a budding athlete or an aspiring one, try including yoga in your fitness regime NOW without a second thought! It might be hard in the beginning, but, believe me, as you progress, your heart will say that you are going in the right way.

If you’d like to explore the value of adding a yoga program, we’d like to help. Simply fill out the form below and we’ll take care of the rest! Alternatively, to speak directly with our Yoga coordinator (his name is Tony and he likes fancy names like coordinator), please call or text (619) 832-6721.

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