Work Smarter Not Harder

Athletes that become versatile in their training are the ones that bring longevity in their athletic career. Finding balance in your training as an athlete is the ultimate goal. Efficiency is important, but it is useless unless applied to the right things. Incorporating YogiAthlete in your sport training is to acknowledge your inefficiencies and eliminate them, and to find your strengths so you can multiply them.

Internal Strength

The picture on the left shows a man of 210 lbs,  pure hard muscle. After five years of a consistent yoga practice, the focus of my training shifted. I can be consciously aware of not only how I look on the outside, but more importantly how I look and feel on the inside. I choose to continue to work on internal and mental strength, rather than on superficial gains. I am agile, lighter, faster, and more explosive when it comes to athletic training. As an athlete, my training has levitated to another level! 

Healer of Knees

This Posture can be particularly challenging for athletes and those suffering from knee injuries. Fixed firm is of the best for your knees. In the beginning, it may be enough that you are on your knees, not yet going back all the way. In this first stage, its very important to feel OK with where you are. Know that you are increasing the flexibility in your knees and ankles so that you are able to move to the next stage, leaning back on the floor and arms over the head.

Believe it or not, I used to be so stiff around my knees that I could only stand on my knees in this pose. The constant pounding on the field from footwork drills and tackling took a toll on my joints. It took me about six months of practicing this pose before I was able to get my head on the floor in the full expression. The most important part was allowing myself to be patient with my process.

Supta- Vajrasana- Fixed Firm Pose

Supta- Vajrasana- Fixed Firm Pose

Body Awareness

Toe Stand (Padangustasana) helps stretch and strengthen your hips, knees and ankles. This pose targets the stomach muscles, as a strong core is needed to balance. All balancing poses take extreme mental focus and can help with mind-body balance. When you finally achieve a solid balance in this pose, you will feel a great sense of mental accomplishment.

Toe Stand-Padangustasana

Toe Stand-Padangustasana

Master Posture

Triangle pose is the master posture of the standing series, this posture helps with the marjor joints of the body. This posture links perfectly between the hear and lungs. Triangle is an intense hip opener that deeply strengthens the muscles of the legs when done correctly. This greatly improves the stability of the body through strengthening and aligning the legs and hips. This posture literally improves the body for the inside out. For example, the organs in the hip area ( colon, kidneys, reproductive organs) benefits as do the associated heart chackras. The twist through the upper body in combination with the deep opening of the arms helps provide adequate room for the organs in the chest to function properly, bringing elasticity to the lungs. The combination of the twist and of the hips also helps to relieve back pain.

This is great for the cardiovascular system for athletes. This posture also brings stamina to the elite athlete. This is a well rounded posture that can pretty much help any kind of athlete with body awareness, focus and mental clarity. There is so many major key joints that are being activated when in this posture.

Trikanasana: Triangle

Trikanasana: Triangle

Sacred Geometry

First you bend to the right, moving circulation from right to left. Then you bend to the left, reversing the circulation. In the beginning you are struggling just for good form. Over time, as the body improves, you will be able to deepen the posture and therefore move even more blood circulation to each side of the body. When doing this correctly you improve and strengthen every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen; increase the flexibility of the spine; correct bad posture; promote proper kidney function; and help to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen.  It increases the flexibility and strength of the rectus abdominus, latissmus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles.  Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Ardha Chandrasana- Half Moon

Ardha Chandrasana- Half Moon

Butt Out! Chest Up!

Chair pose, or awkward pose, will tone and shape your legs. Keep the stomach away from the things and bring the chest up as strait as possible, making a chair shape. This pose is also great for Defensive Backs (DB) and Line Backers (LB) as it helps them maintain the correct posture in their position stance. Chair Pose also helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, and helps to cure slipped discs and other problems in the lower spine.

Utkatasana - Chair Pose

Utkatasana - Chair Pose