The benefit of yoga for Elite Sports players.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around It.” – Michael Jordan.

Yoga is very necessary for athletes. Yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength, among other things. Any athlete who is new to a sport or has been pursuing it for a long time could benefit hugely by adding yoga to his or her training program. It’s beneficial when it comes to body awareness and mindfulness.

Here are certain key aspects that make Yoga and Sports a good combination:-

  • STRENGTH & CORE: Yoga helps athletes lift more weight when it comes to strength training and also it makes lifting bodyweight even more easier and reduces stiffness. Yoga helps an athlete develop a strong core, which helps in multiple sports, and this also leads to a healthy body.
  • BODY BALANCE: Every sport requires body balance since its very necessary for certain joint movements and also plays a vital part when technique and footwork is emphasized on in the particular sport or workout.
  • FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps an athlete to push to the limits and it’s as good as a workout. This is often ignored and should be added by every mentor in their cool downs since sports does require a lot of sudden movements for e.g. – Basketball requires athletes to be flexible to do various crossovers, Lay-ups and Strong finishing moves.
  • ENDURANCE: Yoga helps you learn how to pace and stabilize yourself which helps you last longer in high intensity situations.
  • RECOVERY: Athletes who have faced certain injuries can recover faster with the help of yoga since it helps reconnect with the body and focuses on every muscle and sports

Frequently when crucial situations occur athletes have a tendency to get drained mentally and physically, This causes them to force things which can be stopped just by moving with ease, understanding the restrictions during their workouts which will help prevent injuries since the body will be more flexible overall and it will lead to a healthy lifestyle.

By Sakshi Arora.

(Team Bayside Sports)

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