Yoga for Athletes

Yoga Videos for Active Folks and Gardeners

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. Standing Wide-Legged Forward Fold | Prasarita Padottanasana | Yoga With Adriene
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Foundations of Yoga continues with Adriene! In this episode we learn Standing Wide-Legged Forward fold from the ground up with a strong focus on Action and Alignment.This pose is great for the whole body! Prasarita Padottanasana strengthens the legs and the back and tones the abdominal wall. It stretches the hamstrings, hips and lower back inviting the muscles to open and feel good. In fact, this is a great pose after a jog or run! It is also calming for the system and can help to relieve anxiety or jitters. This pose can also help to relieve headaches and fatigue. It can be challenging too!
2. Yoga For Skateboarders: Back Pain
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Suffering from low back pain? Restore the natural curvature of your spine. Designed for skateboarders, but effective for anyone with recurring lower back issues, this sequence has clear attention on alignment to optimize the benefits of your yoga. If you are a cyclist, runner, or skateboarder, this Grokker premium video is perfect for elevating performance. These accessible, modified moves will gently strengthen the lower vertebra, addressing both piriformis and sciatic pain.
3. 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.
4. 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
5. Yoga for Athletes: Enhance Performance
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Designed specifically to enhance performance for runners and athletes, this series of deep yogic stretches focuses on conditioning your range of motion. By systematically opening the hips, quads, and hamstrings in this Grokker premium video, Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant creates a sequence that can be done before, during, or after your typical cardio workout to increase mobility and strength.
6. Upper Body Stretch
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Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
7. Yoga for Skateboarders: Stretch & Balance
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Stretch deeply and master a more challenging balance series with this routine. If you've already watched the first 2 videos in this Grokker Premium series entitled Yoga for Athletes, then you are now ready for more challenging stretches and standing balancing postures. In this Grokker Premium video for athletes, Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant focuses on developing your sense of balance. Ashleigh guides you through standing balances including Virabradrahsana, the most challenging warrior posture designed for spinal integrity and stability.
8. Yoga for Surfers: Balance
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If you're looking to enhance performance and mobility on your board, bike, or in your typical run routine, this Grokker premium video is perfect for you. Designed by Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant, the routine improves core strength through a variety of ab integration techniques and standing balancing postures.
9. 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.
10. Yoga for Athletes: Increase Flexibility
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In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of lower body poses designed to increase flexibility. Perfect for intermediate and advanced students, this class will aid cross-training flexibility.
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