Should Athletes do yoga? Yes, absolutely Athletes should do yoga! Being a former hockey player and someone who participates in a variety of sports, I know first hand how big of an impact yoga can have on your physical and mental performance. What are the benefits of yoga for Athletes? Yoga can provide Athletes with better flexibility, increased strength and better ability to tap into flow states just to name a few.
Yin Yoga is my personal favourite type of yoga not only to perform but also to teach. Practicing Yin Yoga has helped me with anxiety, flexibility, mental clarity, recovery and much more. Yin Yoga is a slower type of yoga compared to Hatha or Vinaysa style yoga classes. In Yin Yoga, we generally hold the poses from 2 to 15 minutes at a time. By holding our poses longer, it makes the practice almost meditative in a way and also allows us to experience deep relaxation.
I always thought yoga was for women before I tried it. After I tried yoga, I was instantly hooked and realized the tremendous benefits. My goal is to help other men experience that too. Since then, yoga has had a huge impact on my life. It has been part of my daily routine for six years now and it brought me to Costa Rica for an unforgettable Yoga Teacher Training Experience.
As someone who has become somewhat of a gym rat after my sports career, I am a huge advocate of yoga and the role it can play when trying to build muscle. Mobility, range of motion and flexibility are all a by product of yoga. When it comes to actually having full range of motion in your lifts and reducing your risk of injury, yoga couldn’t be more underrated.
Designing Yoga Workouts is one of the few areas in my life where I feel most creative. I love mixing yoga with the likes or calisthenics and isometric training to produce a fun and unique form of exercise. There really isn’t a lot out there when it comes to “yoga workouts”, so to be somewhat of pioneer in the space is something I am very inspired and passionate about!
When I was 19 years old and first discovered yoga, I was a complete beginner to everything. However, I loved every second of it and couldn’t get enough. Everybody’s yoga journey is individually unique and it brings me joy to be able to teach to those who are in the early stages of their journey.