Why should athletes do yoga?

Why should athletes do yoga?

1. Range of MOVEMENT - Efficiency in Sport Specific Movements
Doing your sport tightens muscles and creates tension that can lead to limited mobility and decreased optimal range of movement. Yoga can promote circulation and oxygenation for muscle repair, lubrication in joints, and increased flexibility to help combat the tightness that comes from repetitive athletic movements. 
2. Posture - Better muscle function
Being in a certain position over time, can cause chest muscles to tighten and back muscles to adaptively lengthened. This can cause imbalances in posture and negatively impact respiration and efficiency of movements. Yoga promotes a strong stable posture throughout a moving practice, giving your body the reminder it needs to come back to a neutral powerful stance. Pain free. 
3. Dynamic Movements - Decreased Recovery Time
Lubrication of joints, warming up muscle tissue, increased O2 to the system and blood, correct movement in proper alignment can reduce the risk of injury by keeping your body healthy and free of muscle tightness and knots. Yoga helps blood flow and more efficient oxygen function. 
4. Breath - Mental focus and Control
Laser focus, easy visualization, control, oxygen to all cells, digestion. Correct breathing and concentrated breath work helps it all.  
5. Periodization - Decrease the risk of injury
Pre season Training Stage + Targeted Longer Yoga Sessions = Decrease risk of injury 
On Season Training Hard + Short Yoga Sessions = Balance and Recovery
When you start your seasonal sport you can incorporate longer targeted yoga sequences to improve circulation and create strength. When you come into the peak of your season and have longer sport specific sessions incorporate shorter balanced yoga sessions each week so your energy is reserved for your sport. 

These are the main elements that I incorporate into my YOGA to the power of 5 sequences. I'm super happy to say that yoga has helped me, MY CLIENTS, friends and colleagues and I would love to share my knowledge with you - in these videos.  Do them in your own home, whenever you want, no excuses, they are short and sweet and to the point. 

It's time. Yoga for Athletes. The perfect Christmas gift, New Years Resolution, or just what you needed to complement your season and set a PR. Here are the links to the Mountain Series Videos I produced with Outside TV in Breckenridge, CO. Hope you enjoy! Videos are $70 UDS per set - yours forever. 

Yoga for Bikers - Bike 5
Yoga for Runners - Run 5 
Yoga for Snowboarders and Skiers - Ride 5