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. Balance, Strengthen & Heal by Annie Adamson
1. Yoga for Runners
Do you like running or jogging? Here's a yoga sequence that will help you to strengthen the hips and hamstrings. This is Yoga for runners.
2. 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.
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!
5. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
6. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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."
10. Yoga Post Run Stretch II
Quick post run stretch for hips, hamstrings, calf and quads.