Prevention of Injury
My first and foremost insight is the prevention of injury and this is essential in all sports. SportsYoga is a superior form of training as it takes a holistic approach to training. My program teaches the person to understand how the body trains as a connective unit therefore being aware of discomfort in the body long before the injury occurs. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner and should be a lifestyle. Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. When practiced regularly, Yoga produces a balance of strength and flexibility in muscle groups, individual muscles and joints. It also brings the upper/lower, right/left sides of the body into equilibrium. This balance leads to optimum performance in Sport.
Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner and should be a lifestyle and I feel that athletes need to be educated in learning about prevention of injury.
Yoga postures also focus on the health of the spine; its strength and flexibility. The spinal column houses the all-important nervous system, therefore by maintaining the spine’s flexibility and strength through movement, circulation is increased and the nerves are ensured their supply of nutrients and oxygen. Working outwards from the spine, we create mobility in the joints taking them through their full range of movement increases the synovial fluid to that area. Lastly we move onto stabilising and strengthening the opposing muscle groups.
I have twenty five years of yoga experience and have furthered my education while recently receiving my Post Grad diploma in therapeutic yoga.
The yogic physical exercises are called Asana’s a term, which means steady pose. This is because the Yoga Asana (or posture) is meant to be held for some time with the participant training their minds to focus on their breathing patterns and steady gaze rather than focusing on the intensity of the actual stretch. This technique will only allow the muscles to work to their limit for that day. The following day, the muscles will go that extra length of their own accord. Initially, my concern is simply to increase body flexibility and full R.O.M. This technique takes time but is the safest means of building a strong, confident, flexible body giving people the knowledge of understanding and tuning into the body therefore preventing injury. I teach my SportsYoga classes in UL Sport Arena Limerick and also in my own Loft Yoga Studio Clonlara.
I have an excellent insight on correct body movement and looking forward to sharing this information with athletes who would like to take their sport to another level with SportsYoga.ie.