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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Yoga for Back Strength
A strong back and upright posture enables us to stand tall and feel more confident and empowered. A strong, well-conditioned back can withstand more stress, and protect the spine better, ensuring that we are less likely to get injured as we move and exercise. In this session, Julie will guide you through a yoga sequence incorporating a series of dynamic poses that stretch and strengthen the back.
4. Yoga for Athletes: Strength Sequence
In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of full body poses designed to increase strength and stamina. Sun salutations, warrior poses, and arm balances are a few of the poses you'll encounter. This class is appropriate for intermediate and advanced students.
5. 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.
6. Core Vinyasa Yoga
20 minutes with Celest Pereira is all you need to get on your way to a toned and strong core. In this flow, Celest will guide you through a series of poses designed to boost your metabolism and strengthen your core. This class is perfect for all skill levels.
7. 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.
8. 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."
9. 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.
10. Yoga for Weight Loss
Is it possible to lose weight by practicing yoga? The answer is yes! Yoga is not only a great way to burn calories, it also reduces stress levels in the body which can assist in weight loss. So if feeling lighter and more toned is your goal, then this Happy Yoga class is designed just for you. Join Julie for this energizing yoga session that is sure to have you feeling healthier and happier.