“I do [meditation and yoga] out of a need to have an optimal state of mind and peace and calm, and at the same time happiness and joy…” – Novak Djokovic
Sport Yoga sessions to assist sporting performance, improve strength, flexibility & focus. For those who love their sport and need some help with strengthening & stretching the body, developing body awareness and improving flexibility, injury prevention and recovery. These sessions also work to improve mental focus and concentration through mindfulness & meditation techniques.
Working on a regular basis with Sport Yoga will help to correct postural imbalances, improve functional mobility, stability, breathing and focus. It maximises performance potential – providing the missing link in strength and conditioning training which gets results.
Sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups and can take place at Jojoba Yoga or at your venue.
Sport Yoga Classes
Find out how yoga can enhance your sporting performance or just enable you to keep doing the sports & activities you love for longer! Sport yoga will focus on areas of the body that are vulnerable to wear and tear, helping to reduce the possibility of injury and assist recovery, including from old injuries that crop up time and time again. Yoga delivers amazing results and is the perfect companion to any sport or physical activity. Suitable for all levels. See the TIMETABLE page for details.
“Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that’s the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled”
Yoga for Athletes
Many elite athletes are now turning to sport yoga to help injury prevention & recovery and to benefit from the improved mental clarity which can enhance sporting performance. Athletes such as Novak Djokovic, Ryan Giggs, silver medallist Leon Taylor and olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill have included yoga in their training programmes and have been vocal about the benefits:
Sport Yoga Sessions are suitable for all sporting disciplines and are ideal for athletes & enthusiasts. Sessions can be adapted to suit individual needs, working in conjunction with other support services such as physiotherapy and sport therapy. These sessions also work to improve mental focus and concentration through mindfulness & meditation techniques.
Sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups and can take place at Jojoba Yoga or at your venue. Contact us for further details, to discuss your requirements and to book a session
Team Sport Yoga
Team Sport Yoga sessions can be used to target problem areas, work on injury & joint problems, assist development of strength & flexibility, learn breathing techniques to deal with stress & anxiety, and introduce mindfulness & meditation practices into daily life.
These sessions are a great way to bring teams together away from the competitive environment of the sport. Athletes can boost their skills with improved balance, strength, & flexiblity and breathing techniques can help calm nerves and increase focus. Additional benefits include promoting team work and relationship building.
Many professional and amateur sports teams are now adding sport yoga as a regular component of their training.
Classes are for all ages & abilities and can be tailored to suit different sporting & physical needs.
Why Yoga for Sport?
“Why this ancient discipline has become the latest cross-training tool to enhance athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Just a few years ago, fitness enthusiasts had few options if they wanted to try out a yoga class. Today, yoga is a mainstay on the program schedules of most health clubs, personal training studios, YMCAs and corporate fitness centers. Unlike many other forms of training, the practice of yoga unfolds over time to reveal many layers of physical benefits and personal revelations. Now, more and more people are discovering the myriad ways that yoga can be used to improve athletic performance—from increasing mental concentration and improving flexibility and balance to preventing common injuries and honing skills in a particular sport.
Through the practice of yoga, elite athletes and weekend warriors alike can benefit from this type of balance. This is especially true when athletes have pushed their bodies to the max, resulting in weakness or injury. Yoga can restore a weakened body and build it back up. Yoga postures, breath work and inner focus can help rebalance, strengthen and restore overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments. Through this restoration process, athletes can increase their career longevity and develop an inner balance that will last a lifetime. Balancing the mind, body and spirit is a primary philosophical principle of yoga. It is considered the true way to honor the body.
Athletes in all sports are finding that yogic conditioning not only elongates tight, shortened, fatigued muscles but also brings calmness and clarity to the mind. Some athletes begin the practice to rehabilitate an injury and to gain more flexibility, stability and strength. Others take it up to increase their powers of concentration and quiet the mind. And some do it because they don’t want to miss out on what everybody else is raving about! The reasons are many, but the results are consistent.”
(from ARTICLE: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/for-sports-performance)