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. Heart and Hips by Michael James Wong
1. 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.
2. 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."
3. Hamstring Stretches
Get off the couch and stretch your hamstrings while you cheer on your fav team.
4. Post Run Stretch
Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Post Run Stretch at Home
Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
8. Yoga for Athletes: Feet and Foundation
Discover the foundational elements of aligned movement. This Grokker Premium video breaks down the basic principles of setting a solid foundation so you can build your yoga practice effectively, efficiently and safely. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant will explain alignment and awareness needed to keep your joints safe and keep your body moving properly as you develop your practice. Designed for beginners but all levels are welcome for this refreshing foundations class.
9. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
10. Yoga for Surfers
This yoga routine is for surfers, however it is good for anybody! It focuses on shoulders, hips and core strength.