YOGA FOR ATHLETES
As a former professional tennis player I understand the stresses and strains high intensity training and competition can place on the body. For an athlete to compete at their best they want to be in the best possible shape physically (and mentally) and most definitely don't want to get injured!!
I believe every athlete should work to incorporate yoga sessions into their weekly training schedule.
YOGA & MEDITATION WORKSHOPS FOR ATHLETES
I run Yoga and/or Meditatation Workshops for clubs, teams or squads with players/athletes who are looking to improve their physical and mental athletic performance. Yoga postures we practice are tailored to the specific needs of the athletes and their particular sport. In the meditation workshops we practice various types of meditations designed to help the athletes improve their mental game.
Please get in touch if this is something your club/squad would like to invest in.
BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR ATHLETES
Depending on your chosen athletic discipline it's possible that you have muscle groups that are strongly developed and other muscle groups that are under-developed and are in need of strengthening. Practicing yoga helps build strength in the core and in the supportive muscles surrounding the more developed, stronger muscles giving an overall balanced strength.
With strength we need flexibility. When the joints and muscles of the body are supple, it allows for an increased range of motion serving the athlete the ability to perform their sporting tasks better than if their joints and muscles were stiff.
A consistent yoga practice can lead to improvements in balance and co-ordination. This means enhanced control over how we move our body-which in turn improves our technique. Athletes spend a large percentage of their time working towards perfecting their technique.
Being unable to train or practice can be very frustrating. Yoga can help prevent you from suffering injuries. Yoga, if practiced correctly, can be considered a complement to all the other training an athlete does. Yoga is like the fine tuning, building subtle strength in the muscles that need it and ensuring the muscles and joints stay supple.
IMPROVING YOUR MENTAL GAME
In a yoga class a lot of emphasis can be placed on focusing on the breath or the sensations in your body. This can lead to a more heightened awareness. Athletes have battles with their mind all the time. Yoga practice brings head space, calmness and focus. These qualities are essential to an athlete if they wish to reach their ultimate potential. To go deeper into this subject you might be interested in the Be Present - Compete audio meditation package for athletes which will be released soon.