I have spent the last several months teaching yoga to the Yorktown girls crew team. It has been a fun and incredible experience to be surrounded by such amazing energy from these eager girls, boys and parents.
I was a bit intimidated by them the first 2 sessions because I had never taught kids before. The willingness to learn and do something new from them made me realize that this the same reason why I teach yoga. I am honored that the same girls (and parents) show up every session to find their inner strength on their mats.
Yoga is a great addition to strength, balance and breathing that are key elements in team sports. Baron Bapiste, the founder of Bapiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, have trained the Philadelphia Eagles for 5 years when he planted his roots in the East Coast (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-270/Thinking-of-Beginning-Yoga-in-2010-Discover-Pro-Athletes-Who-Already-Practice-on-the-Mat.html). Yoga incorporates a full body workout as well as stretching that helps prevents injury. Many professional athletes are incorporating yoga into their athletic training (http://www.holisticmed.com/exercise-yoga.html). Some famous athletes that practice some form of yoga are the LA Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal , Kareem Abdul-Jabar , the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Chicago Cubs, Evander Holyfield, Venus and Serena Williams.
If you have a child in a team sport, think about talking to their coaches about adding yoga into their athletic training. Not only will they get a great workout but they will learn to calm their minds and become more focused individuals. Please contact me if you would like to start a conversation on how to bring yoga into your athlete’s life!