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. 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.
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. 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.
5. Yoga for Athletes: Beginner's Breath
Learn how to sync movement and breath. In this Grokker Premium video you'll be introduced to the basics of the powerful yogic skill of synchronizing mind, body and breath. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant will teach you to connect to the rhythm of your breath and follow it throughout the entire practice. Discover the benefits for yourself! All levels welcome.
6. Core Vinyasa Yoga
20 minutes with Celest Pereira is all you need to get on your way to a toned and strong core. In this flow, Celest will guide you through a series of poses designed to boost your metabolism and strengthen your core. This class is perfect for all skill levels.
7. 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.
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. Yoga for Athletes: Strength Sequence
In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of full body poses designed to increase strength and stamina. Sun salutations, warrior poses, and arm balances are a few of the poses you'll encounter. This class is appropriate for intermediate and advanced students.
10. 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.