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WARNING: You must be an athlete to enter. Yoga Edge was specifically designed for athletes, and is not appropriate for everyone. If you belong to any of the following groups, Yoga Edge is for YOU:
We’re saying this upfront because this program was specifically designed to address the unique needs of athletes. It’s everything athletes of all types need from yoga, and nothing they don’t. It’s the missing puzzle piece to address aspects of fitness your typical athletic training lacks.
What if your coach or gym buddy told you that there are a set of exercises you can do that will improve your performance and get the most out of your existing training routine. Would you do them? Of course you would.
Imagine sprinting off that line faster, throwing that ball further, or doing more weights than ever before…without the pains and aches…and without the fear of injury.
And what if you knew that these same exercises could not only improve your performance, but could get you back on the training ground sooner, feeler fresher and more rejuvenated – ready to tackle your next workout.
You use tools to workout. You lift weights. Pound the pavement. Sweat through drills. Anything to improve your performance, to achieve your fitness goals, and to get that competitive edge. But are you maximizing your effort on your rest days?
If you are getting enough sleep, eating the right diet, and training to win, then you also need to be doing yoga to get the most out of our training plan.
Not only will you work on mobility, balance, and recovery work. It also provides immediate relief from symptoms of common weaknesses (like joint, muscle, and back pain), AND treats their root causes. Best of all, it’s something you’ll be able to use multiple times per week for months and years.
Here is what you can expect from Yoga Edge:
Focus on your breathing.
How do I know if yoga is right for me?
Here are two simple little flexibility tests that you can perform right now.
EASY CROSS-LEGGED POSE
Try crossing your legs and sitting on the floor. If you can’t sit straight with a neutral spine, this can be a sign of weak core strength, poor lower back strength, or tightened hip muscles – all of which yoga can help to alleviate.
Now a standing test. Lean back against a wall and stand up straight with your back against it. Now walk your feet in front of you just a couple of inches. Slightly bend your knees and place your head and butt against the wall. Put the back of your hands and elbows against wall the wall as well and then raise your arms as high as you can overhead. If you can’t keep your elbows and hands constantly touching the wall, then that probably means your internal rotators are tight, and your scapular stabilizers weak. If this is you, then you need to be careful as it is considered a red flag and could mean you are at risk of shoulder problems. Hats off to bodybuilding.com for providing these tests and Borstad, 2006; Lin et al., 2006.
So why the heck is flexibility all that important anyway?
As athletes, we don’t often rank mobility very high in importance. We’d much rather improve our quickness our agility, increase our strength, or get more powerful. But increased mobility actually enables us to get better at all of those things, both directly and indirectly:
Every Athlete’s Biggest Opponent: Injury
If you’re injured you can’t work out. Period. You can’t train to get stronger, can’t practice, and definitely can’t complete. Yoga is quickly becoming an indispensable tool to athletes of all levels (especially at the professional and collegiate level!) to prevent injury, and it’s easy to see why .
No other form of fitness combines so many aspects of injury-prevention into a single workout. The main injury-prevention benefits we’ll describe here are (1) mobility, (2) balance, and (3) restorative stretches to prevent injury from overtraining.
How is Yoga Edge different?
Most yoga is not appropriate for athletes. Yoga “flows” are typically faster-moving workouts designed to slightly elevate your heart rate and work up a sweat. Athletes already do this with their other workouts, so this isn’t really useful to them. Flows also aren’t appropriate for athletes for a number of other reasons including:
When yoga lacks these aspects, it means that athletes are missing out on some of the most important aspects of strength they stand to gain from. But we don’t need to throw out the baby with the bathwater, sort to speak – yoga can be extremely beneficial to athletes if it’s taught in a way that’s specifically oriented to athletes.
Yoga Edge help athletes address the full spectrum of their fitness potential by slowing things down and working on aspects of their fitness their traditional workouts neglect, such as balance, mobility, core strength, flexibility, and restorative work. Combined, these elements directly and indirectly contribute to increased strength, improved performance, and decreased injury, to give athletes a competitive “edge” in their sport of choice.
How can I use Yoga Edge?
We knew three things when creating this program. The workouts needed to be short and effective. They needed to be easily incorporated into anybody’s schedule. They needed to be accessible to beginners and to seasoned athletes alike, and they needed to be fun, new, and exciting.
Ok, so maybe that’s four things.
You don’t need to change much to get the benefits of this program. Here are our recommendations on how best to use this program:
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