“Athletes need yoga in their training. As an Olympian I know how much yoga could have helped me, sadly I was only introduced to it as I retired from competing at the highest level” Leon Taylor, Olympic Athlete
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Meditation, Breath, Body & mind alignment.
Benefits of Yoga for sport:
Yoga can help keep muscles flexible and to aid in injury prevention. Also used to recover from injuries. “My biggest problem is being tight—I have tight quads, tight calves, hip flexors”
Creates a body awareness enabling you to recognise imbalances in the body. This helps prevent injures occurring or reduce the risk. “It’s about knowing your limitations and knowing your strengths. It’s getting [players] acquainted with details [of] what their restrictions are. Being put through these positions in a systematic way, they’re able to pay attention, so they don’t just go through the motions until something goes wrong.”
Can help create focus and improve your mental game. “Maintaining that centred state of mind while in the game and just allowing instincts take over shows us the true measure of greatness.”
Examples of Athletes who use Yoga:
Maria Sharapova, former world number 1 in tennis used Yoga to not only improve her muscle control and flexibility but also her mindset.
“Stretching is really important before a race, but even more so afterwards. Go for a swim or to a Yoga class to make sure you’re stretching in a relaxed and mindful way.’” Paula Radcliffe
Jessica Ennis highlighted the importance of yoga during her pregnancy allowing her to keep up her fitness levels to prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I’ve got tight hip flexors and hamstrings, so I’ve been trying to stretch out with yoga and I’ve really enjoyed learning more about it.’ Victoria Pendleton
If you play sport at any level you can benefit from yoga, from amateur to professional. Over at Yoga Bromborough we are starting a 6 week yoga fro golfers course which addresses common issues golfers struggle with that may be preventing them from hitting the ball further and causing injury. The course is available both online and in studio. For more details check out http://hot-yoga-wirral.co.uk/yoga-for-golf/
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