DATE(S): March 2, 2018 – March 4, 2018
Friday, March 2 ~ 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 3 and March 4 ~ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch break offered)
Performance Yoga for Athletes provides students with an introduction as to how to approach working with athletes and how the needs of athletes may differ, depending on the movement in the sport, training cycle and overused muscles/repetitive movements. We review the nervous system and the functional movements of the body and explore movements in a variety of sports. Based on the movement, we identify areas that may be over-developed, weaker, tighter and in need of more range of motion, etc. We discuss the mindset of competitive athletes and their training programs and the variety of ways a yoga practice can compliment athletes at each phase of their training.
We will address ways to work more effectively with teams or groups of athletes, as well as one-on-one. There will be an element of movement in each session. Attention will be given to the following:
The Foundations of the Body: Feet and Ankles and Pelvis ~ We will discuss some sport-specific areas of restriction and concerns that we tend to see more frequently than others, as well as the pelvis and its stabilization role and some of the more prevalent issues relating to this area, including low back discomfort.
From the Shoulders Up ~ We will examine the shoulder complex, together with the neck and head placement. There is often a focus on the need to create more mobility in the hips, without much attention given to the structures above the pelvis. We see a number of shoulder and neck restrictions and issues. We will discuss the core muscles of the neck and the stabilization of this area in an attempt to alleviate what may present as tightness in the upper back and restrictions in the shoulder girdle.
The Restoration and Rejuvenation of an Athlete in Training . We will also discuss the neurobiology of yoga, as well as a brief discussion of essential oils and their benefits. We will look at a variety of stretching tools and certain Myofascial Release techniques which we will incorporate into the practice.
We will discuss the art of a dynamic warm-up and an effective cool down, as these may be pared to particular trainings/sports.
Over the past few years, Enlighten Yoga has worked with a number of athletes ranging from middle school team sports to professional athletes. Shari has worked extensively with a variety of athletes from a professional level to middle school teams, specifically designing programs for teams, mixed athlete classes or one-on-one. Dr. Nevin Markel has years of experience with professional, college and high school athletes. We now offer a training program for those of you who would like to enhance your work with athletes.
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