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 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.
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 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.
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. Hamstring Stretches
Get off the couch and stretch your hamstrings while you cheer on your fav team.
6. Yoga For Skateboarders: Back Pain
Suffering from low back pain? Restore the natural curvature of your spine. Designed for skateboarders, but effective for anyone with recurring lower back issues, this sequence has clear attention on alignment to optimize the benefits of your yoga. If you are a cyclist, runner, or skateboarder, this Grokker premium video is perfect for elevating performance. These accessible, modified moves will gently strengthen the lower vertebra, addressing both piriformis and sciatic pain.
7. Yin Yoga for Hamstrings & Quadriceps
This yin yoga class focuses on opening your hamstrings and stretching out your quadriceps so you can give your lower body the care and attention it deserves. If you're a runner, sit for long periods of time, or feel soreness from strength training, you will love the relief and mobility this class will give you.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.