YOGA FOR THE ATHLETE?
As athletes we are conditioned to moving non stop from discipline to discipline, from biking to kayaking, hill running to paddle boarding. An inherent advantage of multi-sporting is that we tend to utilize and tap into a lot more muscle groups than many other single discipline sports.
We work into the various anatomical planes, encouraging a general, almost holistic, conditioning. However even with our dedication to the various disciplines, there are still some muscle groups which lie dormant, such as the core and biceps, whilst others like our quads, glutes and hip extensors become tight and overworked, resulting in us picking up injuries both in training and racing.
All forms of yoga are beneficial to the athlete. We can gain flexibility, mobility, balance, proprioception, body awareness and form, mental focus, enhanced respiratory functioning and power. The list is endless. As athletes who work a lot in aerobic & anaerobic zones, we do not necessarily need a yoga session to be a ‘workout’. Our key focus is maintenance; injury management and avoidance, lengthening tight muscles, engaging under-utilised muscle, awareness, breath and mental focus.