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. Balance, Strengthen & Heal by Annie Adamson
1. 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.
2. Yoga for Runners
Do you like running or jogging? Here's a yoga sequence that will help you to strengthen the hips and hamstrings. This is Yoga for runners.
3. 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.
4. Upper Body Stretch
Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
5. 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.
6. Post Run Stretch at Home
Stretch on your front porch steps after your run!
7. Yoga for Surfers
This yoga routine is for surfers, however it is good for anybody! It focuses on shoulders, hips and core strength.
8. 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.
9. 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."
10. Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis
Stretching is an important part of preventing and healing plantar fasciitis. Daily stretching can help you heal your aching heel. Seeing a foot and ankle doc made all the difference in the world, so don't delay.