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: Ardha Hanumanasana

Ardha Hanumanasana is a very accessible and effective Yoga pose for stretching out the entire back side of the legs including the hamstrings, hips, calves, and lower back. Additionally, Kneeling Half Split Pose also relieves sciatica pain, which often originates due to tightness in the lower back. Many athletic activities shorten the hamstring muscles, which puts pressure on the lower back muscles.

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Improving Athletic Performance with Yoga: Fire Log Pose

If you are still experiencing any pain in the knees, ankles or hips, modify the posture further by placing your lower right leg directly in front of your lower left leg on the mat. Place your hands one to two feet in front of you with your hands in a cupped position. With your next exhale; bend forward gently until your reach the point where you feel a nice stretch in your hips and groin muscles without pain. Hold Fire Log Pose for five to ten breaths, and then slowly release the posture and come back to Easy Seat at the front of your Yoga mat. When you are ready, repeat Fire Log Pose on the left side.

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