want to up your game? try yoga!

want to up your game? try yoga!

Increasingly professional athletes are including yoga as part of their training. Read this article to find out who and why.

Are you a keen athlete? Want to get the most out of your training and be the best you can be? Then join the increasing number of professional sports people who already include yoga as a vital part of their training.

Yoga can help reduce chances of injury, increase strength and flexibility and play a significant part in the all important, and often neglected, recovery period. And yoga helps to calm the mind and reduce stress levels as well - something which is very important for all athletes.

The New York Giants started practising yoga in 2001 and it continues to be an important part of their training. The Giants' quarterback Eli Manning used yoga in his preparation for last year's Super Bowl - which the Giants went on to win. They are not the only New York based sports team to use yoga either - the New York Knicks basketball team and the New York Yankees baseball team also use yoga.

Increasingly footballers are practising yoga and Ryan Giggs claims that it is the key to prolonging his Manchester United career - a career which started in 1990 and currently spans more than 900 games. He says that yoga has helped him to increase his flexibility and strength which in turn has allowed him to continue training at professional level.

The England cricket team also uses yoga. It is a great way for bowlers to improve their speed and can help all players reduce their chances of injury.

Yoga is gaining popularity in the world of professional sport. so whatever your sport and whatever your level, you can improve your game by incorporating yoga into your training programme.

Check out Jo's yoga series for sports people - she's an athlete herself and has worked with professional rugby players and weightlifters. Watch the introduction where she explains the benefits and then get started straight away with the first two postures in the series.

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