MENTALLY PRESENT PLAYERS
The physical component helps athletes gain flexibility and prevent injuries, but I also believe the mental component of yoga is an important factor as well.
Your athletes can be overwhelmed with thoughts about making a play or reliving the moment that they don't .
Yoga can help control those thoughts to optimize a player’s performance.
One of the most important things Yoga teaches us is how to breathe and connect that breath to the present moment.
An athlete needs to be present because if they aren’t, they aren’t going to play their best.”
Learning how to take care of overworked body parts and releasing tension will help your athletes to build strength.
It's important to honor the body they are working in today.
Forcing themselves to perform at the same level regardless of how they are feeling will set them back in their development.
For example, building arm and spine strength as well as focusing on spinal rotation is essential for your quarterbacks.
Time spent on necks, hips and wrists will best prepare your linemen.
Shoulders are a must for your swimmers.
Improving side body strength in your runners may decrease the time it takes them to cross the finish line.
Regardless of the sport, yoga has it's place in improving performance.
Yoga is key for strengthening multidirectional joints. (elbows, wrists, ankles, hips, and shoulders.)
Regular stretching is linear and doesn't help to strengthen those areas.
As an athlete is working through the season, his/her body starts to shut down.
Doing yoga will help them to maintain what they've established within their bodies.
It will help them to get through their season and reduce their chances of injuring themselves.