Teaching teenage athletes

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!

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