Why Integrate Yoga into Sports?
Strong, stable and supple muscles are important for doing sports over the long term. Often people have to curtail their active lifestyle due to muscular injuries. This can be helped by adding strength and stretching exercises into their training.
But there is one key element that is often overlooked in training regimens: A strong, disciplined mind. Yoga increases the ability to concentrate by learning techniques to breathe properly and slow the mind down.
Yoga classes are similar to a training session: Warm up, targeted training activity, cool down. Yoga also integrates breathing, focusing techniques, and mindfulness.
Tim and Shannon have been doing various sports for years: Running, swimming, cycling, paddling and skiing (water and snow). Tim played rugby to a university level and still enjoys touch rugby. Tim and Shannon love the outdoors and have just started SUP-ing and sailing. They love trying new outdoor sports and hope to play into our later years. This is why they have started teaching yoga and integrating it into their daily lives.
Articles about sports yoga, confirming the benefits:
Why rugby players should do yoga (click here)
Why yoga is good for skiing (click here)
Even footballer Ryan Giggs does yoga (click here)
"Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that's the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it's unequaled." ~Kareem Abdul Jabbar