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Do you practice a sport within Halifax? Are you looking to improve your core training? If the answer is yes then read on…
Regular Yoga practice can help you to unlock your maximum performance potential. You can enhance your performance, no matter what your sport or discipline, working individually or as a team. Through Yoga we work with proven and safe techniques, creating a specific programme based on your needs and goals whilst complimenting your existing training regime.

The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, and Focus, by Sage Roundtree affirms that yoga will “improve your form, efficiency, and power. Yoga’s approach to concentration and breath awareness will improve your mental focus and mental endurance – the intangibles that become so important at the end of a long training session or race”. Furthermore, Roundtree states that the physical practice of yoga combined with its mental and spiritual approach “will teach you how to integrate the body, the mind, and the breath to stay focused and calm even in the face of intensity” – a skill that will serve you in every aspect of your life.

Yoga is applicable to all sports, from football (Ryan Giggs is renowned and well documented for being a huge advocate) to swimming, running, cycling, the benefits are open to all! Andy Murray recently started talking about his huge belief in yoga on his mental and physical performance in the tennis arena. It’s definitely something worth considering to take you that extra mile in your chosen sport.

Benefits of Yoga & Pilates for sports performance

  • Enhanced physical performance, stamina, agility, fitness and endurance
  • Improved functional strength and conditioning
  • Fewer injuries and recovery from injury
  • Effective management of tension and control of stress levels
  • Corrections to imbalances
  • Reduced recovery times

 ‘I never imagined my performance could improve so markedly by incorporating sport specific yoga into my training!’  Professional Cricketer

‘I have now learnt how to centre and control my breathing at the beginning of a race to focus and calm my nerves. This continues throughout the race and has changed my performance and breathing patterns tremendously’  Marathon Runner

‘Who knew my stamina, agility and strength & conditioning could get any better, I thought I was at my peak. I’ve been injury free for years now too!’  European Martial Arts Champion 

Recommended programme and next steps

  • Yoga for sports performance – hatha yoga classes

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  • Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow Swami Satyananda Saraswati