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Yoga for Athletic Development

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Duke University’s athletic teams incorporating yoga into its athletic development programs and off-season training. This article offers more specifics on why yoga is a great tool for athletic development:

  1. Will most likely make you more flexible.
  2. Improves your balance and body awareness.
  3. Can strengthen your core.
  4. Provides a chance for active recovery.
  5. Improves your mental state.

As the season nears its completion, players should take some time to rest and recover. Yoga offers an opportunity for the body to rehabilitate without losing too much through inactivity. Every player can benefit from increased flexibility – especially with tight calves and hip flexors – and core strength, as well as the opportunity to rejuvenate physically and mentally before attacking the off-season training in an effort to improve for the next season.

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