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
1. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
2. 15 minute gentle yoga for athletes
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.
3. Hip & Hammies Stretch at a Wall
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. Sun Salutations
Saluting the sun is a group of poses that works the whole body, builds internal heat, and it will increase your energy level.
5. Yoga For Runners 2 - Cool Down Sequence
Stretch it out and cool it down after your run with this Yoga For Runners Sequence!This practice is an all level sequence that is good for keeping the muscles and joints happy and healthy. Use the tools of Yoga to compliment your running practice. Check in with your breath, stretch and strengthen the muscles and avoid unnecessary tightness, soreness and joint pain.
6. Yoga Travel Routine II
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.
7. Yoga for Skateboarders: Stretch & Balance
Stretch deeply and master a more challengingbalance 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. Pre-Run Warm Up
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.
9. Post Run Stretch
Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
10. Athletic Yoga for Cross Training
Adding some isometric holds and plometrics to your yoga for a great pre training warm up or to cross train.