Functional Yoga For Runners, Athletes, and Sports Of All Types
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This program was specifically designed to address the unique needs of athletes and those who love to workout. It’s everything athletes of all types need from yoga, and nothing they don’t. It’s the missing puzzle piece to address aspects of fitness your typical athletic training lacks.
Imagine sprinting off that line faster, throwing that ball further, or doing more weights than ever before…without the pains and aches…and without the fear of injury.
Now imagine doing it all feeling fresher and more rejuvenated.
That’s where we come in.
You use tools to workout. You lift weights. Pound the pavement. Sweat through drills. Anything to improve your performance, to achieve your fitness goals, and to get that competitive edge. But are you maximizing your effort on your rest days?
If you are getting enough sleep, eating the right diet, and training to win, then you also need to be doing yoga to get the most out of our training plan.
Not only will yoga help with mobility, balance, and recovery work, but it can also provide immediate pain relief.
Best of all, it’s something you’ll be able to use multiple times per week for months and years.
Focus on your breathing.
As athletes, we don’t often rank mobility very high in importance. We’d much rather improve our quickness our agility, increase our strength, or get more powerful. But increased mobility actually enables us to get better at all of those things, both directly and indirectly:
Increase your range of motion, for more power, deeper squats, a longer stride, sharper cuts, and more fluid movements
Decrease your risk of injury, by making your muscles longer and more supple, more able to lengthen to unexpected situations, and prevent common soft-tissue injuries such as knee ligament tears and strains, ankle sprains, hamstring pulls, and rotator cuff tears. (Needless to say, this also enables you to keep working out!)
Speed up your recovery. Grow muscle more quickly, and get stronger in less time. (Who wouldn’t want that?)
Reduces symptoms and addresses direct causes of chronic soreness and overtraining that lead to injury. (And again, this enables you to keep working out, instead of sitting on the couch wishing you weren’t injured.)
Most yoga is not appropriate for athletes. Yoga “flows” are typically faster-moving workouts designed to slightly elevate your heart rate and work up a sweat. Athletes already do this with their other workouts, so this isn’t really useful to them. Flows also aren’t appropriate for athletes for a number of other reasons including:
Lack of technique awareness – Improvements in technique happen when you take the time to slow down, make adjustments, and improve. When you spend just a few seconds in each pose, this is impossible.
Lack of muscular awareness – Most yoga tends to focus almost exclusively on the breath, which is great for stress relief and improving breathing, but has little application to proper muscle engagement.
When yoga lacks these aspects, it means that athletes are missing out on some of the most important aspects of strength they stand to gain from. But we don’t need to throw out the baby with the bathwater, sort to speak – yoga can be extremely beneficial to athletes if it’s taught in a way that’s specifically oriented to athletes.
Yoga Edge help athletes address the full spectrum of their fitness potential by slowing things down and working on aspects of their fitness their traditional workouts neglect, such as balance, mobility, core strength, flexibility, and restorative work. Combined, these elements directly and indirectly contribute to increased strength, improved performance, and decreased injury, to give athletes a competitive “edge” in their sport of choice.
We knew three things when creating this program:
The workouts needed to be short and effective.
They needed to be easily incorporated into anybody’s schedule. They needed to be accessible to beginners and to seasoned athletes alike, and they needed to be fun, new, and exciting.
Here are our recommendations on how best to use this program:
Use as a form of active recovery.
Use as a warm-up for a low-medium intensity workout.
Use as a morning or evening workout to complement your main workout of the day. (Yoga Excel in the morning, weights or cardio in the evening).
Use immediately after other workouts for a comprehensive cool-down.
Use the day after a game or workout to reduce stiffness, soreness.
Use on recovery day to speed up your recovery and prevent injury.
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