How can yoga help your sports performance?

  • Yoga encourages greater body awareness
  • encourages greater mind focus
  • increases core strength
  • helps you recover from surgeries, injuries and general body pain
  • helps control your breath which is vital to all athletes
  • increases muscular flexibility
  • increases muscular range of motion
  • increases endurance in athletes
  • increases the time you spend in the zone
  • trains the mind to work under pressure

Who does yoga?

From athletes to musicians to movie stars to corporate execs, these days everyone is doing YOGA.

Just a few famous athletes who have used yoga to improve their game: Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Lakers basketball star, practiced yoga throughout his career.  The entire Lakers team practices yoga together regularly as part of their training regime. Andy Murray uses yoga as part of his training. Liverpool FC , Ryan Giggs The All Blacks and Welsh rugby teams all use yoga to help prevent injury and enhance performance. Tennis pro John Mac Enroe used yoga near the end of his career to help him squeeze a few more years out of his competitive game. Hundreds of Olympic athletes use yoga as a part of their conditioning. Football players, baseball players, wind surfers, golfers, all types of athletes are now using yoga to enhance their sports abilities. Yoga is a powerful activity that has become popular with men for its ability to help deepen concentration, increase strength, stamina, flexibility and develop better physical fitness. Not to mention its effects on the nervous system and its ability to decrease stress and back pain. A relaxed mind and body equates to a relaxed game.

Yoga is both preventive and therapeutic

Yoga has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and mind. Yoga is distinctly different from other kinds of exercise as it generates motion without causing strain and imbalances in the body. Therefore the practice is an ideal complement to other forms of exercise and an extreme advantage to any athlete. A series of Sports specific Yoga exercises, incorporating breathing and concentration techniques will develop and restore your strength, flexibility, stamina and vitality, as well as greatly reviving your mental state of being.

A few of the benefits:

  • Prevents Injury
  • Increases Movement Efficiency
  • Maximizes Respiratory Strength
  • Boosts Stamina
  • Intensifies Focus
  • Maximizes Agility
  • Improves Balance
  • Heightens Coordination
  • Support Technical Proficiency
  • Enhances Proprioception
  • Increases Control within Dynamic Movement
  • Strengthens Functional Mobility and Stability
  • Augments Athlete Preparation
  • Minimizes Performance Nerves
  • Magnifies Relaxation
  • Intensifies Recovery

Yoga & Sport

Many international football clubs, American footballers and rugby, golf & cricket clubs in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand & the US have used this centuries-old practice from India as a progressive training technique for some time. Yoga is both preventive and therapeutic and has shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and mind. Yoga is distinctly different from other kinds of exercise as it generates motion without causing strain and imbalances in the body. Therefore the practice is an ideal complement to other forms of exercise and an extreme advantage to any sport.

Physical benefits

The “postures” are the physical positions that coordinate breath with movement and we hold these positions to stretch and strengthen different parts of the body. They systematically work all the major muscle groups including the back, neck, and shoulders, deep abdominals, hip and buttock muscles and even ankles, feet, wrists and hands. Although most poses are non aerobic in nature, they do in fact send oxygen to the cells in the body by way of conscious deep breathing and sustained stretching & contraction of different muscle groups. Yoga can help to check any imbalance in muscular development and will enable the body to function more efficiently. If the body is flexible and supple it will be less prone to sports injuries as the joints will be kept lubricated.

Mental benefits

“When the surface of a lake is still, one can see to the bottom very clearly” this is impossible when the surface is agitated by waves. In the same way, when the mind is still we can control mental agitation by focusing on perfect concentration. When a player, in any sport, is trying to fulfill thousands, hundreds of thousands or if playing for their country, millions of people’s expectations their minds are completely stressed and their natural efficiency diminishes. No amount of coaching or training can prepare for doubt or worry entering the mind of a player during a game.  By holding steady postures, and concentrating on deep abdominal breathing we can increase body awareness, relieve chronic stress patterns in the body, relax the mind, center ones attention, sharpen concentration and “stay in the zone!”

The Yoga Sports Coach

THE YOGA COACH works by developing a customised training program to complement your type of sport. Whether you are a golfer, runner, tri-athlete; play a team sport like rugby, cricket, hockey or football, at amateur or professional level, Yoga will be if tremendous benefit to you or your team.

A series of Yoga exercises, incorporating breathing and concentration techniques will develop and restore your strength, flexibility, stamina and vitality, as well as greatly reviving your mental state of being.

Not only will your body be less injury prone your breathing and concentration skills will vastly improve thus enhancing your sports performance.

Famous athletes who practice yoga…

  • Andy Murray (tennis)
  • Andy Roddick (tennis)
  • Annika Sorenstam (golf)
  • Carl Lewis (athletics)
  • Eduardo Romero (golf)
  • Evander Holyfield (boxing)
  • Jesper Parnevik (golf)
  • John McEnroe (tennis)
  • LeBron James (basketball)
  • New Zealand All Blacks
  • Ryan Giggs (football)
  • Serena Williams (tennis)
  • Swedish Golf Team (golf)
  • Maria Sharapova (tennis)
  • Miami Dolphins American Football Team
  • Pete Sampras (tennis)
  • Shaquille O’Neal (basketball)
  • US Women’s Olympic Team (athletics)
  • Venus Williams (tennis)