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. Daily Dose of Yoga: Heart and Hips
This hip opening class is perfect for releasing any tension that has built up from sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Join Grokker yoga expert, Micheal James Wong for this dynamic, posture-focused class that will have you feeling calm, centered and focused.
2. Yoga for Athletes: Agility and Balance Sequence
This Vinyasa flow sequence tailored for athletes will help you to enhance both agility and balance. Working with the breath, you'll move through a slow warm up of 10 poses, beginning with three breaths each. Then, move through standing postures including warrior 1, 2, and 3 that will systematically prepare the body for the Apex pose, handstand. Rock and roll through these poses to engage powerful core strength and dexterity. Practice alongside Grokker Yoga Expert, Tammy Mittell in this Premium video designed to improve balance. Intermediate.
3. Yoga for Athletes: Prevent and Heal Injuries
In this effective cross training video tailored for athletes, you'll cultivate a deeper connection to your body, and attune to the breath. Using repetitious, basic, yet powerful moves lead by Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant, you'll find this video to be the perfect addition to your weekly athletic regime. Refine your own strength with plyometrics, strength building, and core work in this Grokker Premium video. All levels welcome.
4. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
Foundations of Yoga continues with Adriene! In this episode we learn Standing Wide-Legged Forward fold from the ground up with a strong focus on Action and Alignment.This pose is great for the whole body! Prasarita Padottanasana strengthens the legs and the back and tones the abdominal wall. It stretches the hamstrings, hips and lower back inviting the muscles to open and feel good. In fact, this is a great pose after a jog or run! It is also calming for the system and can help to relieve anxiety or jitters. This pose can also help to relieve headaches and fatigue. It can be challenging too!
6. 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.
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. Free Your Spine: Core
Move that middle and strengthen those abs! A healthy spine is essential for experiencing the inherent freedom of your body, heart and spirit. This 2nd class, in the 3-part series, invites you to dynamically play with your own energy. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant brings you fun, creative and personalized ways to strengthen your core and lengthen your spine in this Grokker Premium video. A strong focus on individualized, creative and spontaneous movement helps make this core work-out fun and challenging. Intermediate Level
9. 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.
10. 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.