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. Runners are always looking for effective ways of taking care of their bodies and practicing yoga is a proven way for runners to prevent injuries. Running can be particularly hard on your knees, back and ankles and there are a number of specific yoga poses that can help relieve the strain placed on these muscles, increase your functional strength and flexibility. By helping you to train your breathing yoga can also help you to increase your oxygen intake whilst running. Yoga for Energy and Inspiration by Julie Montagu
1. Hamstring Stretches
Get off the couch and stretch your hamstrings while you cheer on your fav team.
2. Runner's Lunge - Foundations of Yoga
Learn Runner's Lunge with Adriene! (Not just for runners! For everyone!) This foundational posture is often used in Hatha Yoga sequences and is great for the hips, glutes, groin, quads and hamstrings. A great warm up for almost any exercise. "Cool Runnings!!!" "Cool Runnings" means "Peace be the journey."
3. Post Run Stretch
Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
4. 15 Minute Yoga for Men
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.
5. Yoga for Athletes: Post Workout Practice
Stretch out, unwind, and realign the body. This calculated practice is designed ease your muscles into cool down mode immediately following your workout regime. Learn to stretch and open the body to optimize the benefits of your athletic practice, and encourage muscles to begin tissue reparation. Allow Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant to aid in grounding your energy to calm the nervous system and realign the body. All levels welcome.
6. Yoga for Skateboarders: Leg Stretching
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.
7. 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength
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.
8. Yoga for Athletes: Beginner's Breath
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.
9. Yoga for Surfers: Shoulders and Upper Back
If you are suffering from pain, tension, and or limited range of motion in your shoulders, neck, and upper back, then this class is exactly what you need. Ashleigh Sergeant will take you through a series of poses that will first relax your muscles and then strengthen them in order to provide long-lasting relief. This class is appropriate for students of all skill levels.
10. Yoga for Athletes: Agility and Balance Sequence
This Vinyasa flow sequence tailored for athletes will help you to enhance both agility and balance. Working with the breath, you'll move through a slow warm up of 10 poses, beginning with three breaths each. Then, move through standing postures including warrior 1, 2, and 3 that will systematically prepare the body for the Apex pose, handstand. Rock and roll through these poses to engage powerful core strength and dexterity. Practice alongside Grokker Yoga Expert, Tammy Mittell in this Premium video designed to improve balance. Intermediate.