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 Salutation Variation
This video features the Sun Salutation and includes more moves than the previous videos.
2. 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.
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: Increase Flexibility
In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of lower body poses designed to increase flexibility. Perfect for intermediate and advanced students, this class will aid cross-training flexibility.
5. Moon Salutation
Warm up or cool down with the full body range of motion sequence, inspired by the Yoga Moon Salutation
6. Yoga for Energy and Inspiration
Feeling a little tired and unmotivated? You are not alone. Everyone has moments when we just don't have the energy or the will to do anything productive. However, the secret is to just get moving! Just 20 minutes of light activity to get your heart pumping and blood flowing will have you feeling instantly more inspired and revitalized. In this session, Julie will guide you through the yoga poses that she has designed specifically for those times when we are in need of a mental re-boot for more energy and inspiration.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.