During the season, an athlete’s focus is on getting more specific with training (both in the weight room and with technical skills) as well as participating in the intense work on the court/field. This leads to incurring ample repetitive movement, which is necessary for elite play but doesn’t come without issues like imbalances and overuse injuries.

In order to prevent the damage of repetition and likelihood of physical asymmetries, keeping up with an appropriate yoga practice is necessary. Maintaining recovery and stretching protocols will help keep muscles and tissues healthy and performing their best.

An athlete’s yoga practice should change according to the athletic season, just like their training regimen does. Yoga that is appropriate for the season should be consistent and mellow, with the goal of maintaining all the flexibility gained during the pre-season. It should not be too dynamic, encouraging fatigue, nor too static, encouraging injury.

When in doubt, a short Yoga Recovery class can be added to the end of a practice or training session just 1-2 times per week. Athletes will move better and recover faster, so they can go back to playing the next day stronger and more refreshed!

We want all of our athletes to have a successful season and make it to post-season both physically and mentally ready.

Available On-Demand!

Ready to start incorporating season specific yoga?

Sign up for a 7-day free trial of YAX Online to get access to all our on-demand season specific recovery content (including yoga, breathwork, and meditation).

Get a 3-month ($87) discount when you choose the Yearly Membership option ($261/yr).

We also have discounts available for teams!

YAX Online 7-day free trial

Yoga by Season


Athletes should focus on maintaining a dynamic flexibility practice and building strength around the joints for injury prevention and stabilization.


Athletes are participating in intense work on the court/field, so they should focus on maintaining flexibility with a consistent but mellow yoga practice.


Athletes should improve focus by practicing breathwork and minimal yoga, as well as meditating to visualize success.


Athletes should work on light training, strength building, increasing ROM, injury rehab, and improving limitations/imbalances with functional movement screening, corrective exercise, and yoga.

Not a YAX Online member yet? Get started with a free trial!

YAX Online 7-day free trial


Subscribe to our free newsletter.

* indicates required

Related Posts