EVERY athlete, irrespective of sport or discipline has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice. If you are not properly stretching or not practicing yoga, you’re competing at a disadvantage and missing an opportunity to enhance peak performance. A yoga practice delivers the following benefits:
Improved Strength: Routine and consistent practice of the various poses or postures helps build strength and improve lean muscle mass. Most notably with respect to several muscle groups that may be under-utilized in your chosen athletic discipline. These gains enhance core body stability and significantly impede overuse injury by strengthening the supportive but otherwise under-developed muscles surrounding the more utilized muscles, creating a more balanced and optimally functional overall strength.
Balance: A consistent yoga practice, helps with mental focus, coordination and balance. Better balance and coordination means enhanced control over how you move your body, which in turn leads to better technique and form.
Flexibility: Yoga improves joint and muscular flexibility, which is crucial to the body’s overall structural soundness. Enhanced joint and muscle pliancy translates to greater range of motion, or an increase in the performance latitude for a particular movement or series of movements. This increased range of motion provides a greater ability to strength condition a particular muscle group. The more you work on flexibility the less likely you are to a pull, tear or an overuse injury.
Mental Control: The physical benefits of yoga for the athlete are huge. But equally important is the mindfulness and meditative qualities of the practice.
We will teach how to quell, quiet and control the impulses of the mind; help clear the mental clutter.
This mind and body approach will help both on and off the playing fields!