Yoga for Athletes
Yoga is for everybody, athletes included.
Everybody is an athlete whether they believe it or not. Yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength. Athletes of all types and levels can greatly benefit by adding yoga to a training regimen.
Why do athletes benefit from yoga?
Even if athletes stretch pre- and/or post-workout, they are usually just stretching the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion in which they will be exercising. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching.
Common overuse injuries among athletes include those involving the illiotibial band (ITB), knee, hamstrings, hip flexors, and shoulders. Often, these injuries are directly linked to lack of flexibility, poor core strength, and misalignment. In order to minimize and/or prevent injury, athletes practicing yoga can concentrate on these areas used most in endurance sports.
How can Yoga help? Yoga helps alleviate muscle tightness, builds a stronger core, and aligns the spine. Many yoga poses focus on core strengthening, feature twisting motions essential to opening up tight obliques and lower backs. Moving the muscles and joints through varying ranges of motion activate the little-used muscles supporting the primary muscle movers, athletes can benefit from full-range of muscle training.