How Can Yoga Benefit Athletes?

How can yoga benefit athletes? Yoga and Yoga-Pilates can benefit athletes such as basketball players and tennis players. When we begin to honor the body's movement, we are training the body to jump into...

When we begin to honor the body's movement, we are training the body to jump into sports. With tennis, for example, you would get a spinal twist where you are holding the racket straight and then need to turn the body. Yoga-Pilates will also flex the belly much like if you were going to play basketball. When you lift your arms up, you have to pull the tummy in when you are lifting up to make the basket. I once knew of a class in California called yoga basketball, because you need durability in your running and moving. You need to use proper placement of the hip to make the basket instead of throwing yourself to one side or twisting your spine. You should keep yourself in a straight spinal position while you are dribbling. When your neck is in alignment with your spine, you can more easily make the basket.

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