Considerations for the Athlete
A successful athlete is a balanced athlete. Even with the best intentions, repetitive-motion activities tend to create imbalance in the body either through the shortening/tightening of soft tissue, misalignment of skeletal structure, or over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system (stress response).
Yoga provides us with multiple tools to address imbalance on many levels. The postures (asanas) help to create harmony in the physical body, realigning, restoring and maximizing quality of health and physical functioning. A balanced and consistent asana practice helps improve circulation, freedom of movement, alignment and mobility of the joints, organ and system function, awareness and concentration.
As we develop physical harmony and balance, mental equanimity follows. In this respect, yoga allows us to utilize the mind as a tool, mastering its usefulness while eliminating sources of suffering. This foundation provides a deeper level of awareness and connection with the true self.
Benefits of Yoga for the Athlete
Yoga for the Athlete Handbook
"Health is firmness in body, stability in mind, and clarity in thinking."