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Yoga for Athletes

Yoga Tips for Tennis Players

In an emotional game, often pitting one against one opponent, composure is imperative. Yoga, long proven to increase focus, also teaches calming breathing techniques. When facing an opponent, use experience gained from meditation and pranayama to put on a serene game-face. Quite a few professional tennis players make headlines with their on-court temper tantrums. Composed players gain more respect from both competitors and spectators.

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Yoga for Golfers of All Levels

Now switch to the right side and go through all the routines. As you may know, you do not have to keep these routines in the order as demonstrated; you can break them up as you feel. As I’ve said, there are no rules. All these techniques are great for improving your golf swing, focus, balance, endurance and for an overall successful game of golf.

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Teaching Yoga for Skiing: Injury Prevention

Teaching Bow Pose to your Yoga students will help them to maintain flexibility throughout the entire front side of their bodies. A regular practice of Bow Pose will also help to strengthen their back muscles, further helping to prevent back injuries. This Yoga pose also helps to boost metabolism and increase energy flow throughout the body. Bow Pose is usually practiced after the Sun Salutations and standing postures, including balancing standing postures.

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Yoga Poses for Runners: Downward Facing Dog

To practice Adho Mukha Svanasana, come to Mountain Pose at the front of your Yoga mat. With an inhale, raise your arms overhead. With your next exhale, bring your hands down the front of your body in Prayer Position all the way to your Yoga mat. Place your hands next to your feet and with your next inhale look slightly up, and then with an exhale, jump or walk your feet behind you so that your body creates an inverted V.

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Yoga Poses for Tight Hamstrings

Some of the more well-known Yoga poses that stretch the hamstrings are standing forward fold and seated forward fold. Additionally, many of the core movements of the Sun Salutation help to keep the hamstrings flexible and strong. Crescent Lunge into Forward Folding Hamstring Stretch and Parighasana or Gate Pose are wonderful Yoga asanas that deeply elongate the hamstrings. Parighasana also stretches out your oblique torso muscles, shoulders, chest and calf muscles. It is a great Yoga pose for runners, snowboarders and skiers.

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Improving Athletic Performance with Yoga: Downward Facing Dog

When we increase our physical activity level, the risk of sports-related injuries often increases. This is especially true of vulnerable areas of the body, such as the Achilles tendons, hamstrings and lower back. The shoulders and wrists are also quite vulnerable to repetitive sports-related injuries, hence the phrase “tennis-elbow.” The type of injuries that a Yogi or Yogini may experience usually depends on a combination of personal history and the kind of activity he or she is engaging in. For example, if you tend to have tight leg muscles, the likelihood that you may experience a tight lower back is also quite high.

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