yoga for athletes

  • Pete Guinosso in the Spotlight

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    We are super excited to be evolving and expanding our partnership with Pete Guinosso, an internationally recognized yoga teacher. Pete is the creator of the Lighting The Path teacher training program (Yoga Alliance registered 200 hours), Yoga for Change, Yoga Prankster movement, and travels internationally teaching workshops, conferences, and adventure yoga retreats.

    After thirty years of running, cycling, and competitive sports, Pete was astonished to learn that his biggest challenge and adventure would happen on a yoga mat. Within six months of practicing yoga consistently, not only did Pete feel stronger and more flexible, but he also began to realize the deeper benefits of meditative movement.

    Known for his joyful energy, compassionate guidance, and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga.

    Pete's teaching style is best described as a Forrest Yoga Inspired Vinyasa flow. His online yoga classes are designed to help you journey toward connecting the mind, body and spirit through vigorous asana, breath work, and awareness. Powerful and dynamic sequences are crafted to create a fluid practice of meditative movement, while also cultivating a strong awareness of proper alignment.

    "Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, and we will always sweat on the mat." ~Pete G.

    To get a feel for Pete’s style, check out his latest online yoga class on YogaVibes: Unraveling the Hips, Shoulders & Neck.

    This invigorating, 60-minute online yoga class is intended to create freedom and strength in the hip, neck and shoulder areas. Use intensely focused breath work and asana (including inversions, standing poses, and Vinyasa) to safely unlock these habitual tension spots. What’s more, strengthen and lengthen the muscles around these joints to create space and promote ease of movement. This online yoga offering is great for athletes. Practice this class regularly to walk through life with greater grace and freedom.

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    Whether a newcomer to yoga or an advanced student seeking adventure and challenge, turn to Pete as your guiding source. Visit Pete’s Teacher Spotlight page to find more of his amazing online yoga classes and free online yoga videos on YogaVibes.

    ~Tess

    Learn more about Pete at www.PeteGYoga.com

  • The Get-Splits-Quick Solution

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    I’m writing this post for you as much as I’m writing it for myself. The last time I was in full splits, I was holding poms poms. That was about 10 years ago. Oh, my youth.

    Anyways, I’ve been practicing yoga just about everyday for over a year now, and still have not realized the full split (Hanumanasana). Sigh. What’s taking so freaking long? I know, I know. Patience, patience. Practice, practice. I hear you loud and clear. Though recently, I experienced a revelation: What if yoga isn’t enough? More specifically, what if my current practice of yoga isn’t enough? This got me wondering – wondering if a slight shift in my split strategy was in order.

    So, I went digging - digging for answers. Do you dare to know what I conjured up in my quest for the full split? You may not like the answer. The truth is, yoga may not be enough. The truth is, the only way to leap effortlessly into the full split is via lots of stretching. You mean I won’t get full splits if I practice yoga for 1.5 hours per day 6 days a week? Yes, that’s precisely what I mean, provided you have not maintained your natural, youthful suppleness.

    So what’s the solution for us severely stiff beings? Read on, yogis.

    1. Practice Half Split. Duh. But I’m not talking the typical practice of half split. I don’t mean holding this pose for a mere 5 to 10 breaths. I’m talking 5 to 10 minutes. Each side. Hold on…don’t get all worked up just yet. You aren’t going to start there. Start at 1 to 2 minutes each side. Journey your way toward longer holds.
    2. Stretch daily. Get up and stretch for 15 minutes. Focus on stretches that target the hamstrings. Hanging forward fold. Half split. Also, focus on stretches that work the psoas, hip flexors, and quads. Lunge and lunge variations are awesome for this. Kneeling crescent (2 minutes per side) is a great beginning pose. Pre shut-eye, do another 15 minutes of stretching. In total, that’s 30 minutes of stretching per day. Can you and your stiff self handle it? Sure you can.
    3. Be consistent. Consistency is crucial. If you really want to realize the full split, you must devote heavy practice to it daily. No excuses.
    4. Warm up. Don’t crazily attempt to leap into the full split in heroic Hanuman style. Turn up the heat gradually. First, get those hamstrings loose and limber. Practice a hanging forward fold to awaken those testy, tight suckers. Set the timer for 1 to 2 minutes. And breathe. For guidance, tune into Sage Rountree's free online yoga video for athletes demoing a forward folding method to stretch all 3 parts of the hamstring.
    5. Don’t force it. When you are in your fullest expression of the full split, you do not want to feel any pain. Of course, you do want to feel a deep, strong stretch. The place where you experience this intense yet manageable stretch is your edge. When you reach your edge, relax. Set the time for 1 to 2 minutes. And breathe.
    6. Use support. I love using blocks and blankets to support my split and to promote deeper relaxation. There’s no shame in props, yogis! Another great support system is the wall. Practice standing split against the wall to work deeper and deeper into the pose. Again, hold your pose for 1 to 2 minutes per side. And breathe. Check out a free online yoga video with Kim McNeil for prop ideas and modifications and to discover an accessible place to work (and HOLD) this pose.

    There is a get-splits-quick scheme. It’s called stretching. LOTS of stretching. But the thing is, stretching is not enough if it does not come with strategy and consistency.

    So, if you truly aim to master Hanumanasana, join me in this strategic and steady split stretching spree. Take pictures of your daily split practice and progress. Keep a stretching journal. Do whatever it takes to keep you honest and on top of your Hanumanasana game. Here are some hashtag ideas for all you fellow Instagram junkies:

    #HanumanWannabes #SplitSpree #SplitsorBust

    To end, let us invoke Hanuman, the Monkey deity, to inspire and motivate us at the launch of this split undertaking.

    Om Hanumate Namah

     ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Hanumanasana via _danielito's Instagram

  • Yoga for Athletes: Find Your Peak Performance

    If you are an athlete seeking yoga, you have stumbled upon a leading, legit source. YogaVibes does athletes proud, offering yoga classes from a highly esteemed, knowledgeable collective of yogis – yogis that just received a page of visibility in the Yoga Journal. Yippee! We are gettin' those vibes out there!

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    These featured yogis are the real deal. If you truly aim to enhance your athletic performance, push past mental and physical barriers, and achieve your highest goals, turn to these stellar teachers for inspiration, guidance, and support.

    • Sage Rountree :: As an endurance sports coach, an accomplished age-group triathlete and runner, a highly experienced teacher, and a continuing student of physiology, Sage knows what’s up. Her popular yoga classes and workshops for athletes draw students ranging from recreational athletes to Ironman triathletes, Olympians, NBA and NFL players, and NCAA players and coaches, including UNC men's basketball and football. Take her online yoga classes to discover ways to sharpen your focus, relax for peak performance, and remain balanced.
    • Gwen Lawrence :: Gwen is the yoga instructor for 5 Pro teams in New York, including the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the New York Rangers, in addition to major college teams such as Yale and UNC. She is well known for her sports-specific Power Yoga for Sports classes and training programs and was recently dubbed the "Best Innovation in Sports Medicine" by ESPN Magazine.
    • Ted McDonald :: As a former Elite Adventure Racer and Lacrosse player at UCLA, Ted has been an athlete his entire life. Educated in both Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga, his classes focus on strength, alignment and the breath, in order to help his students increase flexibility, strength, and focus. Ted also offers many forms of meditation, yin yoga, and restorative yoga classes designed to lengthen connective tissue, prevent injuries, and open energetic pathways in the body.
    • Rolf Gates :: Gates is the author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. He conducts 200 and 500-hour Vinyasa Intensives and Teacher Trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad. As a former social worker and U.S. Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last sixteen years, Gates brings his eclectic background to his practice and teachings.
    • Pete Guinosso :: Known for his joyful energy, compassionate guidance, and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Pete's teaching style is best described as a Forrest Yoga Inspired Vinyasa Flow. His online yoga classes are designed to help you journey toward connecting your mind, body and spirit through breath work and awareness.
    • Danielle Diamond :: For over fifteen years, Danielle has been teaching a kick-butt yoga class that focuses on alignment and breath to open your body through a creative sequence, designed to make you smile as much as you'll sweat. Danielle is the founder of Xen Strength Yoga - a modern twist on yoga that fuses a Vinyasa flow with light hand weights.

    Do yoga to discover the secret to unlocking your ultimate athletic potential.

    ~Tess

    To access our growing collection of yoga videos for athletes, check out YogaVibes’ Yoga for Athletes page.

     

  • Yoga for Post-Game Recovery

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    Looking for an effective post-game game plan?

    Enter yoga for athletes.

    Yoga does a body good, offering a way to rejuvenate and heal after you’ve endured some pretty heavy, physically taxing action. What’s more, yoga supports a speedy, successful recovery so you can enter your next game in topnotch, beastly, don’t-wanna-be-messed-with form.

    Here’s an online yoga sequence you athletic types can get down with to mentally reset and physical renew. Lengthen and loosen up your muscles to ward off potential aches and pains and the accompanying moans and groans in an online restorative yoga class with Sage Rountree: Post-Game Recovery.

    Join Sage and the Cornell women's lacrosse team in this mellow, low-to-the-ground practice for post-game recovery. Start with a supported backbend and breath meditation to encourage letting go of the past and focusing on the now. Move through gentle stretches for the spine and hips, including a series of twists to open up the chest, back, and legs. All along the way, you will use the breath as a tool to stay anchored in the present. Find comfort and support in this restorative yoga experience for athletes. (66 mins.)

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    Can’t get enough post-game restoration?

    Here’s another online yoga class with Sage appropriate for the morning after a tough game, or for anytime you are approaching a peak event. Again, you will remain close to the floor in supported poses and twists, gently working the shoulders, spine, and hips, all the while paying close attention to your breath. Finish in legs up the wall, a great pose for recovery and mental resetting. (55 mins.)

    Restorative Yoga Online

    Get on the mat to get on the road to recovery.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Legs Up the Wall via www.sunroseyoga.com

  • Feature Friday: What’s New?

    We’ve added some fresh and fab online yoga videos this week to entice your yoga palate. Check out the latest.

    To start with, we’ve launched two new online yoga practices with Pete Guinosso.

    Peacock Pose Here's Pete rockin' some Peacock Pose....Sweetness!!

    Feelin’ worn out? Stuck in a slump? Suffering from a lethargic stupor? Wake up!

    Set aside some time to just breathe in Pete’s online pranayama practice: Using Your Breath to Energize Your Practice.

    The breath integrates the mind, body and spirit. Pranayama (breath/energy movement) is a powerful tool for working the nervous system in your yoga and in your life. Learn how to use your breath in this online yoga practice to energize your nervous system and, therefore, you. Explore the advanced practice of getting the breath to reach different parts of your body. Energy flows where your awareness and breath goes. So, send your breath to areas that need some extra love. (7 mins.)

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    Feelin’ tight? Are those habitual sitting and slouching tendencies coming back to haunt you? Or maybe all that intense running and cycling has you so knotted up that bending over to pick up your shoes in the morning has become a challenge paired with moans of agony. Man. You gotta loosen up and do Pete’s new online Vinyasa flow: Hips and Hamstrings.

    Move in a struggle-free way to work your edges in this online yoga class. Use deep hip and hamstring opening poses to access these areas physically, and use your breath to mindfully work the realm between uncomfortable and comfortable. This is a great practice for athletes (runners and cyclists) who commonly suffer from tight hips and hamstrings, but it’s also beneficial for anyone who sits for long periods each day. Is that you? (40 mins.)

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    Maybe you just crave a change of scenery – a shift in perspective. Turn things around in Ashley Turner’s short online yoga practice: How to Do Headstand.

    Break down the king - the big boy - of all poses, Headstand (Sirsasana), so you can rock this beneficial inversion safely and smoothly. Learn methods to get into and out of the pose and a couple of different variations to spice things up. (12 mins.)

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    Lastly, add some zing to your workout routine in this free online yoga video with Desi Bartlett: Warm Up Your Body Pre-Workout. Prepare your muscles and mind for a run, an intense gym sesh, or a fiery yoga practice in this short yoga sequence.

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    We trust that this is enough newness to entice and excite your yogic appetite this week. Eat up and enjoy.

    Happy Friday, yogis!

    ~Tess

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