Yoga for Athletes

Yoga Videos for Active Folks and Climbers

Leslie Perryman • June 2, 2015
Weight bearing sports put a huge amount of stress and strain on your body. From your hamstrings to your hips or lower back sports can put a genuine burden on your muscles. Yoga for Athletes combines the cardio workout in a dynamic warm up with the stretching achieved by more traditional fitness stretches. This type of yoga is especially designed for athletes and is perfect for before and after your usual training regimen or practice session. Professional sportsmen from basketball players to boxers and American footballers have all started to integrate yoga into their training. 20 Minute Pre-Run Warm Up Yoga
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1. 15 Minute Yoga for Men
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This video is really for anyone, but it focuses on opening up the shoulders, chest, hip flexors and hamstrings, which are all common trouble areas for men. Start with a warm up before doing this video. Always work within a pain-free range, and remember that flexibility comes with practice.
2. Yoga for Athletes: Beginner's Breath
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Learn how to sync movement and breath. In this Grokker Premium video you'll be introduced to the basics of the powerful yogic skill of synchronizing mind, body and breath. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant will teach you to connect to the rhythm of your breath and follow it throughout the entire practice. Discover the benefits for yourself! All levels welcome.
3. Pre-Run Warm Up
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This is an instructional yoga video that is perfect for a pre-run warm up. It incorporates a bit of core work and lots of hamstring and hip flexor lengthening. As always, be sure to move within a pain-free range, and breathe full, deep breaths.
4. Yoga for Surfers: Strengthening the Legs
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Need a boost in your athletic flexibility and execution? This well balanced sequence can be performed before your surf routine, or before any workout that requires lower body mobility. Feel the immediate benefits of increased agility through the hips and legs. In this Grokker Premium video, celebrated yoga expert Ashleigh Sergeant takes you through a yoga sequence designed to build strength and circulation through your muscles, then broadens range of motion through the joints.
5. Yoga for Athletes: Strength Sequence
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In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of full body poses designed to increase strength and stamina. Sun salutations, warrior poses, and arm balances are a few of the poses you'll encounter. This class is appropriate for intermediate and advanced students.
6. Post Run Stretch at Home
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Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
7. Yoga for Skateboarders: Leg Stretching
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Heighten your performance and stretch those legs. If you're suffering from ankle immobilization, tight joints, and sore legs, Ashleigh has created the perfect sequence for alleviating your chronic symptoms. Designed for skateboarders, but effective for all athletes who experience these symptoms, the targeted postures that Ashleigh showcases in this video will allow you to feel, and perform, at your best.
8. Hip & Hammies Stretch at a Wall
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If you have a park bench or wall to stretch at, use it! If not, you can do similar standing stretches for hips and hamstrings without even taking your sneakers off.
9. Post Run Stretch
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Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
10. Moon Salutation
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Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
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