“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 to assist sporting performance, improve strength, flexibility & focus. Sport Yoga sessions work on strengthening & stretching the body, developing body connection & awareness and improving flexibility, injury prevention and recovery. These sessions also work to improve mental focus and concentration through mindfulness & meditation techniques.
Sport Yoga Sessions are suitable for all sporting disciplines and can be adapted to suit individual needs, working in conjunction with other support services such as physiotherapy and sport therapy.
Contact Jo [email protected] for further information
Yoga for Athletes
Working on a regular basis with Sport-Specific 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.
Many elite athletes are now turning to 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:
“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. Everybody has their ways to reach that state of consciousness where you’re in a good mood and you feel love towards yourself, towards people around you, towards the planet. So I try to be aligned with this kind of approach and mindset in life […] Because it was definitely not an easy period for me in the last 7-8 months. The results were not there in the big tournaments. But more than results, it was that lack of balance on the court emotionally.” (Novak Djokovic)
(‘WHY EVERY ATHLETE SHOULD DO YOGA’ )
“So what distinguishes the Olympic champion from the also-ran? The mind.
The guy or girl who wins typically knows he/she is going to win. Unrestrained by fear, free from negative thought patterns, and laser focused, I think it’s fair to submit that the champion athlete most likely has enhanced dominion over his/her thoughts when compared to his/her competitors, able to leverage it’s incredible power to focus entirely on the task at hand and remain thoroughly rooted in the present moment without the invasion of unhelpful thought patterns. They visualize success so completely that it literally becomes a foregone conclusion. Much like a muscle, the mind can be trained. And consistent practice of the asanas when followed up with proper savasana is the best way I have found to not only improve my sleep, reduce stress, quell negative mental chatter, and manage (and walk through) fear, it informs my entire approach to training and racing. And has made all the difference in helping me achieve some rather fantastical athletic goals that seemed not only far beyond my capabilities, but almost impossible from any objective or logical perspective.”
(excerpt from: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4806/Why-Every-Athlete-Should-Do-Yoga.html)
These 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.
Team yoga 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 yoga as a regular component of their training.
Classes are for all ages & abilities and can be tailored to suit different sporting & physical needs.
Contact [email protected] for further details.
(‘YOGA FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE’)
“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)
Jo is a qualified and experienced Sport Yoga Instructor, and Registered Exercise Professional. She studied Movement & Dance at university and has a background in therapeutic massage & working in sport, including working on the London 2012 Olympics. These classes are designed to suit individual sporting requirements and are ideal for sporting enthusiasts and athletes.