What is Yoga for Athletes?

Yoga designed for athletes pays special attention to athletes’ needs, as sport training naturally creates physical and mental imbalances. Depending on the sport, an athlete is prone to becoming strong in one area and weak in others. There is a mobility capacity that is often imbalanced in athletes that can create severe injury. For example, an athlete may find certain movements to be very easy and others to be very tight, rigid, or difficult. Typically, athletes are one-dimensional and yoga and functional movement can diversify that in order to prevent injury.

A yoga practice will also encourage a different level of body awareness. Athletes are likely to push themselves physically, ignoring cues and signs of pain in the body.  Yoga will encourage the athlete to listen to their body and note the difference between pain and discomfort. This will allow the athlete to prevent injury and possibly rehabilitate injury at a more appropriate pace. The yoga mat can offer a safe space for the athlete to remove their competitive nature and receive a much needed mental break from the pressures of the playing field.

Want to try out Yoga for Athletes?

Check out our on-demand classes by going to YAX Online, finding your sport, and filtering by Season (Pre-Season, In-Season, Post-Season, Off-Season). When you’re ready to try it out, you can sign up for a 7-day or 14-day free trial!

Patricia Bomar

BS, NASM-CPT-FNS, E-RYT 500, FMSC
Owner, Yoga Athletex LLC
Email: info@yogaathletex.com
Instagram: @patriciaebomar | @yogaathletex | @yaxonline

Bomar is the co-owner of Yoga Athletex LLC. She was an athlete from the age of 4, playing multiple sports competitively at the club level for 14 years. Her college years included club and intramural sports. She earned her B.S. in Sport Management from Texas A&M in 2007. While studying she worked under the TAMU Track & Field coach, as a personal trainer following the NSCA – CSCS program. At the time she was also a volleyball and softball coach and was an avid member of CrossFit. In 2013 she earned her 200 hour yoga certification and in 2015 earned her 300 hour yoga certification. Currently she has earned the ERYT500 standard. Shortly after, she became certified in Functional Movement Systems (FMSC). In 2017, she acquired her NASM – CPT certificate and continues to attend several intensives and workshops to stay up to date with current exercise science. Her latest certification was the fitness nutrition specialist (FNS) acquired through NASM. She is currently an official education provider for the National Academy of Sport Medicine, Athletics and Fitness Association of America and the Yoga Alliance. With over 17 years experience, Patricia has a strong passion for bringing the healing benefits of yoga to her fellow athletes for injury prevention and increased performance.

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