WHAT IS YOGA FOR ATHLETES?
Yoga for athletes is a tailored practice that is designed to fit into an athlete’s schedule and training.
The primary goal of yoga for athletes is to restore balance. This is accomplished by taking into consideration the time in your season, the intensity of your training, the sport and position you play, the movements you perform, the planes of motion you predominantly move in, your breathing patterns, any current or pre existing injuries or compensation patterns, and your level of mental strength and resilience.
Many sports involve an immense amount of repetitive movements, which results in a lot of wear and tear on your body. Although repetition is essential for mastering your skills as an athlete, it is also a primary contributor to those unfortunately common overuse injuries. Yoga for athletes addresses the imbalances in your body by building strength and stability in underdeveloped areas, and reducing tension and enhancing mobility in overdeveloped areas.
It is also a great way to provide balance from the varying intensities of your training. During your off season your yoga for athletes practice can be tailored more towards strength building and/or maintenance since the intensity and frequency of your sport specific training will be low. The regular season results in an increase in sport specific training, so your practice may focus more on maintaining mobility and managing tension. At the peak of your season, when physical and mental effort are at their highest, your yoga practise will be more slow paced and mental. It will focus on recovery and supporting you so you can maintain and improve your level of performance.