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. 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.
2. Hamstring Stretches
Get off the couch and stretch your hamstrings while you cheer on your fav team.
3. 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.
4. Post Run Stretch at Home
Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
5. 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.
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. Yoga for Athletes: Enhance Performance
Designed specifically to enhance performance for runners and athletes, this series of deep yogic stretches focuses on conditioning your range of motion. By systematically opening the hips, quads, and hamstrings in this Grokker premium video, Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant creates a sequence that can be done before, during, or after your typical cardio workout to increase mobility and strength.
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. 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.
10. Yoga Travel Routine II
When you're traveling Yoga is probably the last thing on your mind. BUT if you take just a few minutes to move & stretch it'll help you feel more energized.