7 Reasons Teen Athletes Should Practice Yoga

EVENT: Sports Nutrition Workshop Series  
WHERE: KareBoost Health (107 Cedar Grove, Suite 100, Somerset, NJ 08873)
TIME: Tuesdays at 6:30pm on March 14 and April 4, 2017 
Also, Come Check out our Yoga Class Schedule for You and Your Teen. We have GlowGa Family Yoga every month which is Glow in the Dark Yoga.  
            While you might think that gaining flexibility is the reason athletes should practice yoga, there is a lot more to yoga that can be beneficial to your teen athlete.    Here are 7 reasons to consider, and how to get started.
1.     Improve the mind-body connection.  Because yoga focuses on not only the physical work but also the mental aspect of movement, people who regularly practice yoga report an increased ability to use their thoughts to influence how they feel. 
2.     Influence breathing.  Yoga focuses on paying attention to the breath, partly to increase awareness of the body.  This increased awareness and improved breathing translates well into other physical activity.
3.     Provide cross-training.   No matter what activity your child is involved in, cross-training is a good idea.  Moving the body in different ways through various activities may help to prevent repetitive stress injuries and stave off boredom. 
4.     Improve proprioception.  Proprioception is the awareness one has of their body in space.  Because yoga emphasizes remaining present and increases the mind-body connection, it can increase proprioception.
5.     Work on balance.  Many traditional sports often do not include balancing work.  Practicing balance poses can help to correct muscle imbalances and improve body mechanics.
6.     Something for everyone.  There is so many different style of yoga that with some patience, your teen can find a class they really enjoy.  Try different classes, from more athletic style classes to restorative classes that help to relax and calm the nervous system.
7.     Provide a non-competitive activity.  While team sports have many benefits, adding a yoga class to your teen athlete’s activities may provide a welcome reprieve from competitive sports.  Because yoga focuses on the internal world, teens can focus on how they feel and unwind. 
            Besides increased strength and flexibility, yoga offers a multitude of benefits.  If your teen has been avoiding yoga because they think they are not flexible, let them know that yoga is about a lot more than stretching!  If you are looking for an opportunity to have your teen athlete try yoga, KareBoost offers yoga classes specifically for teens and families.  Also stay tuned for a workshop focused on teen athletes and yoga. 
Come Check out our first Sports Nutrition Workshop on Tuesday, March 14 and April 4 at 6:30pm!!
Also, Come Check out our Yoga Class Schedule for You and Your Teen. We have GlowGa Family Yoga every month which is Glow in the Dark Yoga.  
Kara Unal JD, RYT,
KareBoost Health

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