Six reasons why athletes should do yoga

Although we’re all familiar with yoga, many of us still think of it as just ‘stretching’, however, yoga is more than that. With elite athletes including NFL stars and Ultramarathon runners adding yoga to their training programmes, but just how beneficial to your training can it be?

Ryanne Cunningham has revealed in her new book, Yoga for Athletes that yoga can bring an added edge to the performance of everyone from amateurs striving to improve their lives to professionals competing against elite athletes. Cunningham has instructed former Green Bay Packers players B.J. Raji, Andy Mulumba, Tramon Williams, Mike Neal and Jarrett Bush, as well as current Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb and athletes from many other sports, from her Flow Yoga Studio in Wisconsin.

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The ultimate yoga resource for athletes

Yoga for Athletes offers instruction for improved strength, flexibility and balance in sport. It features step-by-step instruction, expert advice and pose variations that focus on active muscles and movements for a variety of sports. This definitive guide is packed with colour photographs that demonstrate poses and breathing to elevate sport performance. Normal Price: £16.99 | €20.40 HK Rewards Price: £13.59 | €16.32 Find out more Subscribe to our newsletters Every month Human Kinetics produces three unique email Newsletters, packed with great articles, events and news, plus information on our latest resources and exclusive reader offers. They’re completely free and if you … Continue reading The ultimate yoga resource for athletes

Yoga and meditation could reduce dementia risk

A new study led by researchers and senior author Dr. Helen Lavretsky at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that yoga and meditation may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment. These findings have since been published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered to be a precursor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s characterised by changes in cognitive function, including memory and thinking problems. Though initially the changes aren’t severe enough to interfere with sufferer’s independence, symptoms can worsen over time, increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Instructing Hatha Yoga

Give safe and confident hatha yoga instruction

Instructing Hatha Yoga second Edition
Instructing Hatha Yoga is now updated.

Now in its second edition, Instructing Hatha Yoga is your comprehensive guide to developing the knowledge and qualities of a confident and truly qualified yoga instructor. The updated edition includes revised poses complete with instructions, a web resource, and sample children’s and prenatal classes.

Millions of enthusiasts worldwide are experiencing the physical benefits and mindful awareness of yoga in gyms and spas, the training rooms of professional sport teams, hospitals and even classrooms.

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Yoga may guard against heart disease

Yoga for eldersDoing yoga may be a good way to protect against heart disease, particularly if you cannot do more vigorous exercise, research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests.

A review 37 studies involving nearly 3,000 people found yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Yoga does not count towards the recommended physical activity that we should all do each week, but experts say it may still be beneficial.

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