Performance Yoga is geared toward the unique needs of athletes. It combines yoga, breath work, and flexibility and mobility training to maximize athletic performance. Properly practiced, yoga can improve every part of your performance, from endurance to power to speed, while also promoting overall health and wellness.
By improving not only flexibility but also posture, body mechanics, and awareness, yoga can make every form of training you do more effective and efficient. A yoga practice can give you the following:
Power, strength, and speed are directly related to proper body mechanics: when our body is properly aligned, we can transmit force much more efficiently and perform better across the board. By returning your body to its optimal alignment, yoga can help you reduce power leakage in your cleans and deadlifts, improve running gait and efficiency, and help you swing, jump, or throw more explosively.
By opening posture, yoga significantly increases respiratory capacity. Yoga has also been proven to dramatically enhance circulation, digestion, and efficiency of motion, which all further improve energy and endurance.
Along with opening the body, yoga builds greater body awareness, including balance, stability, and proprioception. As a result, not only is performance enhanced but our training becomes far more efficient.
Better Injury Prevention
The one thing that stalls progress even more than inadequate training is an injury.
By improving body mechanics and awareness, yoga dramatically reduces the risk of injury, both in training and competition, in turn increasing competitive longevity and allowing more consistent progress.
A significant benefit for athletes is improved recovery. By enhancing circulation and lymphatic flow, yoga not only increases strength and endurance but also allows muscles to process metabolic byproducts more quickly, and powerfully speeding healing time and re-growth.
A yoga practice dramatically enhances our clarity and focus. Why does this matter? Yoga can give you the awareness and mindfulness you need to take both your training and your performance to the next level.
Yoga has also been clinically proven to improve immune function, balance hormone levels and improve stress management. All extremely beneficial to athletes.