Yoga is increasingly being recognized as something every athlete can benefit from, and people are becoming well aware that Yoga ain’t for the faint of heart. There are a few issues most athletes have, tightness, soreness, and a lack of stability. Yoga will help correct all of those, but for the athlete that doesn’t have the time or the commitment to head to a yoga studio, here are 3 moves to learn and become Yogi the Bear.
1. Sitting Forward Bend or Paschimottanasana
Benefits: Gives an intense stretch to the entire back, messages the abdominal organs, increases flexibility to the spine. Great for Volleyball players.
Benefits: Opens up the hips, stretching deep hip flexors, stretches and strengthens the shoulders and back, expands the abdominal region, improves posture, and relieves lower back pain. Great for Powerlifters.
3. Assisted Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana
Benefits: Lengthens the spine, reduces lower back pain, increases circulation and lessens fatigue. This move also stretches the backs of legs and alleviates tight hamstrings. Great for Cyclists.
Benefits: Aligns the spinal column, releases tension in the shoulders, stretches the hamstrings, lengthens and increases flexibility in the Achilles’ tendons. Great for Runners.
References: The Yoga Deck by Olivia H. Miller