Yoga For Athletes

Learn Yoga For Athletes in this three part course. Maintaining flexibility is imperative for athletes. It serves to optimise performance, and can reduce your risk of injury. This three part course includes yoga classes designed specifically for swimmers, cyclists and runners. These three activities tend to repetitively tighten specific muscle groups. A stretching regime is therefore an essential component of a balanced training program for athletes. The classes in this course systematically guide you through some of the main muscles groups that are involved in these activities. Athletes who are newer to yoga as well as those with pre-existing experience will benefit from the “Yoga For Athletes” course.

Who is this course for?

  • If you love sport but don’t like feeling stiff and restricted as a result, then this course is for you
  • This is an intermediate course – completion of the Yoga Selection beginners program or equivalent is recommended

How will this course help me?

The three sequences in this course cover key body areas that are repetitively utilised whilst swimming, cycling and jogging. Balancing vigorous physical activity with yoga can help to reduce the stiffness that can build up in your body over time. With regular practice you will increase your flexibility. This can lead to enhanced performance and reduced risk of injury.

What do I get from this course?

  • A comprehensive and structured approach to yoga for athletes participating in swimming, cycling and jogging
  • Essential foundations and key principles clearly communicated to help you go further on your yoga journey
  • Step by step tracking of your progression through the course
  • Email reminders to help keep you motivated and on track
  • Email support from your teacher

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Course Progress

Yoga Poses For Swimmers - Weekly Intermediate Class 103

Focus: This class groups together a sequence of shoulder and arm related poses that will be helpful for swimmers. Although swimming uses a range of muscles located throughout the entire body, this particular class focuses on poses that help to improve shoulder mobility and arm reach. All the main upper body muscles that are involved in swimming such as the triceps, pectorals, deltoids and latissimus dorsi are targeted in this 30 minute video. It will benefit swimmers who are new to yoga, as well as more experienced practitioners who are looking to focus on their shoulders and arms. Both classical poses and therapeutic adaptations of poses are included in the class.

Key Poses: Garudasana, gomukhasana, chair ustrasana, urdhva baddhanguliyasana.

Equipment: Mat, chair, blanket, belt.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 30 min

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Yoga Poses For Cyclists - Weekly Intermediate Class 106

Focus: This is the next class in the Yoga for Athletes course. The sequence targets the main muscle groups and body regions that are involved in cycling. Poses that help to lengthen the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves form the nucleus of the practice. Cycling can also negatively impact smaller muscles around the toes and soles of the feet. Some less commonly practiced adaptations of yoga poses are also included to focus on these areas. Poses that help to release the hip flexors and gluteals also feature. Leaning forward on a bike for prolonged periods of time can commonly cause discomfort in the lower back. Hence some lower back extending poses are also featured. The class will suit both newer students, as well as more experienced practitioners.

Key Poses: Virasana, utthita hasta padangusthasana, epa pada rajakapotasana, bhujangasana.

Equipment: Mat, chair, 2 blankets, belt.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 50 min

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Yoga For Runners - Weekly Intermediate Class 113

Focus:This weeks intermediate class follows a sequence of poses that systematically focus on the main muscles that are involved in jogging. This brand new video is an update of one of our more popular earlier classes. Regular stretching is an important way to improve muscle health and joint mobility. It can help to prevent injuries and combat the stiffness that can result from long-term running. The Iyengar method has a strong emphasis on precision and correct alignment. It has numerous therapeutic applications, and is easily adapted to a wide range of bodies, ages and personalities. Using a more in-depth and structured approach to muscle release after jogging can help you to feel more balanced. This sequence will also help to introduce you to some of the basic principles and defining characteristics of Iyengar yoga.

Key Poses: Utthita hasta padangusthasana I & II, eka pada rajakapotasana I & II.

Equipment: Mat, chair, blanket, 2 blocks, belt.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 45 min

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  1. Susanne W

    Can we get a yoga sequence to basketball players. The Australian Basketball team are not far of eye?! 🙂

  2. Susanne W

    Hi Rod,

    I want to get started on the yoga for Athletes course but there is only one thing, I am a ‘veteran’ basketball player with a couple of wear and tear injuries. Similar to Kristina I have knee issues. Mine is more tendinitis and perhaps cartilage wear – also presently a sprained thumb – oh and a hip sort of impingment. It is my off season and I want to incorporate a lot yoga regularly as I know it can help in multiple ways.

    I have already completed a couple of your classes and I like them!


    • Rod

      Hi Susanne,

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about the difficulties you have had. Doing yoga in the off season sounds like a great way to recuperate. Glad to hear you are enjoying the classes.

      I think it would be fine for you to attempt this course. If you have difficulty with specific poses then please feel free to email me and I am happy to guide you with adaptations and alternatives.

  3. Christine R

    I absolutely love doing yoga with you Rod. Your directions are succinct and easy to follow and the classes are a good duration. Thanks so much.

    • Rod

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your feedback. That’s great to hear! Really glad that the classes are a good fit for you 🙂

  4. Kristina D

    Thanks Rod for a wonderful but challenging course. Challenging for me because of of knee arthritis with a inflammation. It’s so painful but I try to use the knees. Thanks. Kristina

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