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Sports Yoga® is a method designed as cross-training to help athletes and Sport people improve their performance before or after any training routine, increase body flexibility, reduce the chance of Sport-related injury and heal quickly from injuries. It can be incorporated into any fitness routines, personal training sessions, sport specific training or as a group class format.
Sports Yoga®is a user-friendly Modern Yoga that blends various yoga components (including asanas and pranayama) and traditional sport stretches to seamlessly create a novel approach to fitness. The techniques and methods can be applied to practically every Sport and Training activities i.e: jogging, indoor and outdoor cycling, golf, swimming, tennis, dancing, soccer, basketball, skating, body building and martial arts, to name a few.
By simply integrating a few yoga poses into fitness routines, fitness professionals at all levels can use yoga as an effective cross-training tool for every Sport person, from the amateur to the professional.
Swimmers-Hero Pose (Virasana): Swimmers need solid ankles and feet in order to push the water with all their strength; Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): best for dropping the shoulder blades down the back—if not done then chances of suffering from shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff are increased; Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana): swimmers need to bring their hips in proper alignment so that they do not suffer from any type of hip injury. It would also help them unlock their hip joints (which are most used in a butterfly stroke).
Runners-Forward Fold, Seated Forward Fold and Downward Facing Dog), yoga practice can improve hip extensor (hamstrings and glutes) and low-back (erector spinae) flexibility, along with hip flexor (quadriceps, iliopsoas) and calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) flexibility.
Tennis Players-Prasarita Padottanasana (legs spread wide, forward bend while standing) is excellent for opening the shoulders; it also deeply stretches the hamstrings and adductors. Other good choices for tennis players are Utkatasana (Chair pose), which strengthens the abdominal muscles and stretches the achilles tendons, calves and spinal column and Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2 pose), which builds strength and balance, especially in the lower body. Another excellent pose for strengthening and lengthening muscles of concern for tennis players is Setubandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose). The Spinal Twist and the Lateral Stretches would be beneficial for great flexibility in the spine and shoulders and lunging ability.
Golfers-To strengthen and flex the spine, try Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) and Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana). Golfers can also gain strength, flexibility and stability by doing twisting poses such as Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana).
Skiers-Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) modified Warrior Pose (Modified Virabhadrasana 3),Seated Forward Fold Pose (Paschimottanasana),Supine Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana) and Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana).
Cyclists-Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) and Camel Pose (Ustrasana) with hands on the sacrum rather than reaching to the heels. An optimal pose to stretch tight hips and hamstrings is Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasan).
Dancers-Have some of the most enviable bodies, with their long and lithe limbs, their sculpted muscles and amazing strength. In fact, ballet and other dance forms have been the inspiration for many workouts including the ‘Tracy Anderson Method’, ‘Pure Barre’ and ‘Kettlenetics’. Just like any well-trained athlete, dancers’ bodies are challenged by working the same muscle groups with the same set of moves over and over again. Whether it’s cramming ten toes in pointe shoes or sore knees from gliding across the stage in a series of split jumps, dancers’ wear the marks and signs of their beautiful craft on their bodies and sometimes those reflections are painful. The ancient practice of yoga can offer the dancer a way to correct any imbalances or misalignments while also improving their performance.
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