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. Yoga for Surfers: Strengthening the Legs
Need a boost in your athleticflexibility 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. Yoga for Athletes: Pre-Workout Practice
Move efficiently and effectively to activate the major muscle groups in the body to prep you for a killer workout. This short, sweet, and succinct practice is meant to awaken the body gently by opening the hips, legs, chest, and upper back in order to optimally prepare the body for the most rewarding work out. Follow Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant in this Grokker Premium video for muscle awakening and body awareness. All levels.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Free Your Spine: Core
Move that middle and strengthen those abs! A healthy spine is essential for experiencing the inherent freedom of your body, heart and spirit. This 2nd class, in the 3-part series, invites you to dynamically play with your own energy. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant brings you fun, creative and personalized ways to strengthen your core and lengthen your spine in this Grokker Premium video. A strong focus on individualized, creative and spontaneous movement helps make this core work-out fun and challenging. Intermediate Level
8. Post Ride or Run Stretch
After you ride or run, quick stretch for hamstrings, quads and hips - Great to use a fence, bench or tree for stretches.
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!