Yoga for Athletes

Yoga Videos for Active Folks and Skiers

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. 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.
2. Sun Salutation Variation
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This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
3. Post Ride or Run Stretch
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After you ride or run, quick stretch for hamstrings, quads and hips - Great to use a fence, bench or tree for stretches.
4. 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength
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This is an instructional 20 minute yoga video that aims to strengthen the core in preparation for arm balances such as crow pose, headstand, handstand and forearm stand. The intention is to work all parts of the core including the upper abs, lower abs and obliques in a variety of ways that keeps the body guessing.
5. Yoga Travel Routine II
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When you're traveling Yoga is probably the last thing on your mind. BUT if you take just a few minutes to move & stretch it'll help you feel more energized.
6. 15 minute gentle yoga for athletes
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This is a gentle yoga sequence especially great for athletes. As many athletes have tight hips and hamstrings, this sequence intends to bring length into those areas, which also help release lower back tension. Always work within a pain-free range.
7. 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!
8. Sun Salutations
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Saluting the sun is a group of poses that works the whole body, builds internal heat, and it will increase your energy level.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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