Monday, 6 July 2015

Why every athlete should do YOGA!

So have I peaked your interest? I hope so...

Something a little different for A&T but definitely worth exploring if you suffer from recurring injuries or you'd like to improve your core strength and flexibility.

After my own personal experience of nursing an achilles injury for 7 months and finding yoga to be the cure, plus the benefits of Bikram yoga experienced by Louise S & Jackie we all agree that there's definitely something in this!. We're now looking to arrange an A&T only group yoga session that will probably run in a block of 6 classes, one every fortnight.
Payment will be needed in advance for all six sessions and the cost is as yet to be decided but will be between £20-30.00. If the classes go well we will repeat the booking.

At the moment we cant pursue this until we know we have enough members to make the sessions viable so if you'd like to join A&T Yoga group please let me know on FB or email

If you're not sure if this is for you why not read a bit more about why every athlete should do yoga...

Barbs x

Preventing Injury

Many sports, such as cycling and running, have very repetitive movements usually in one direction and in one plane of motion. These sports can develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this process causes imbalances in the muscles and joints leading to overuse injuries. For instance, tight hamstrings and hip flexors will cause the body to recruit from other joints, joints not intended for bearing extra loads.

Common overuse injuries among athletes include those involving the illiotibial band (ITB), knee, hamstrings, hip flexors and shoulders. Often, these injuries are directly linked to lack of flexibility, poor core strength and misalignment. Yoga helps alleviate this tightness, builds a stronger center, and aligns the spine. In order to minimize and/or prevent injury, athletes should concentrate their efforts on these areas used most in endurance sports.

Even if athletes stretch pre- or post-workout, they are usually just stretching the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion in which they will be exercising. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion-activating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers.

"I've definitely noticed benefits in my triathlon training from yoga," said Heidi Resiert, a triathlete from San Diego. "My recovery time is much quicker, my shoulders feel stronger in the pool, and my muscles don't feel as tight after long runs or bike rides. I'm glad I found yoga and added it to my weekly workout routine. Not only do I feel stronger, but I also feel more confident that I will continue to be injury free."


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