HOW YOGA CAN HELP WITH YOUR PERFORMANCE AND ENJOYMENT OF SPORTS
The focus is all about ‘prehab’ not ‘rehab’. Using yoga mainly for; strength and conditioning, increased focus and stamina.
Yoga is the ONLY system that looks at the body as a WHOLE. When there are areas of tightness in the body it causes blockages, energy (oxygen/nutrients/hormones etc) is restricted creating a malfunction. If these systems are not in harmony then stress is built up in the body, making the body and all its systems (muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, digestive and nervous), unable to function at their prime optimum.
Because without it there is no power in that kick/throw - for it all comes from the core.
Bring strength and flexibility, preventing injury and building power and length, this increases the stride, giving it that little bit more which could make all the difference to your game.
Psoas and Piriformis
When they are tight they are a major contributor to most back pain - both originate in the lower back and form one tendon attaching to the back of the femur, not just causing back pain but causing some restriction in striding or kicking.
Feet and Ankles
Focusing on the muscles, joints and tendons, lengthening and strengthening preventing injury and creating mobility for ‘darting’ around the pitch/court.
Yoga offers skills to build physical and emotional endurance, increasing stamina avoiding exhaustion. Using techniques to increase and regulate the supply of oxygen/glucose to the muscles to keep up with the physical demand.
Strengthening the surrounding muscles and tendons for protection, increasing lubrication to the joints, preventing injury.
Yoga builds flexibility and strengthens muscles, tendons and joints making them less susceptible to injury. If an injury does occur yoga brings an increased recovery rate, getting you back out at the sport you love quicker.
Yoga offers unique breathing techniques which can control the nervous system by stimulating the body or calming it down.
Yoga promotes a focused and positive frame of mind and teaches skills in training the mind to ‘being in the moment’ (bringing focus onto the sport in hand).
Increasing stability and strength. Balancing is the foundation of movement, without it, like a building constructed on a poor foundation, it collapses. Yoga brings steadiness.
Increased Motor Neuron Skills
Yoga stimulates the brain strengthening the nerve impulses to the muscles, which aid in co-ordination.