Yoga for Athletes
Charm City Yoga launches the latest in cutting edge performance enhancement for competitive sports with its Yoga for Athletes Program. Experience yoga’s widely acknowledged physical benefits: core strength, flexibility and balance. Add to that yoga’s ability to relieve stress, focus the mind and prevent injuries, and it is the perfect compliment to any competitive athletic program. These classes are designed specifically for performance athletes in their respective sports and taught by certified CCY Yoga for Athletes Instructors.
- Improved strength
- Superior Balance
- Augmented Flexibility
- Increased Mental Function
- Better Sleep
- Reduced Recovery time
- Schools and organizations have the opportunity to earn additional revenue through this program
- Reduced non-contact injuries for players in the program
- Increased athletic abilities in the arena
- Improved academic performance and mental focus for student athletes
- Reduced stress and anxiety for participating players
The Yoga for Athletes Program is extremely affordable, usually less than the price of a community yoga class per athlete depending on the number of players participating.
Once a school or organization is confirmed with a yoga space and equipment, Athletic Directors and Coaches have the ability to schedule as many sessions for their athletes as needed and always know that the classes are covered by a CCY Certified Yoga for Athletes instructor.
Every CCY Yoga for Athletes instructor has a minimum of 200 hour RYT Certification and supplemental training from CCY in our Yoga for Athletes Program. This added training includes anatomy, knowledge of sport specific muscle requirements and common overuse injuries and how to apply the practice of yoga to reduce those injuries while maximizing performance potential within the athlete for their sport.
“In my opinion yoga should be a part of training for every “senior level” swim group in the United States. Yoga has helped with my senior level swimmers core body strength, flexibility, and concentration for the last two years. If your senior level swimmers are not actively utilizing yoga in their training they are missing out.”
-Keith Schertle, Founder and Head Coach Loyola Blakefield Aquatics, USA Swimming Level IV and 2010 & 2011 Bronze Medal Club
“After starting yoga last year, there has been a positive change in my daily workouts and competition. Not only has the physical aspect of my swimming benefited from yoga, but my mentality during challenges and competition has also changed. Yoga provides a vigorous training regiment that serves to elevate me to the next level of competition.”
– Colin Roddy, Speedo Sectional Meet Qualifier in 200 and 400 I.M., 100 and 200 breast, 200 back and 1000 free
“The introduction of yoga into our high school varsity soccer training sessions over the last 3 years has had a dramatic effect on my ability as a coach to keep my players active and off the injured list. In our 3 years of yoga, we have greatly reduced our non-collision injuries. Yoga has also had a very noticeable and positive impact on the core strength, flexibility and agility of my players. It is an excellent way to utilize a recovery day for my team while still maximizing our available training time. I feel that yoga was a key factor in keeping our starting unit healthy for the entire season leading to our team’s Championship win this year.”
– Lee Tschantret, Head Varsity Soccer Coach, Loyola Blakefield High School
“In my opinion, EVERY athlete – irrespective of sport or discipline – has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice. I’d go so far as to say that if you’re not practicing yoga, you’re competing at a disadvantage and missing an opportunity to enhance peak performance.”
– Rich Roll – a two-time top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships and first person to complete EPIC5 – 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in under a week.
“As a former professional soccer player, I never truly understood the importance of maintaining adequate joint mobility. It wasn’t until I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy where I began to understand the importance of having good joint mobility to create “durability”. Durability, as it pertains to athletes, is the ability for your body to endure the stresses of a particular sport without breaking down (aka resulting in injury!!). There is no better way to ensure this durability than with the practice of yoga. EVERY ATHLETE that would rather play instead of watch from the sidelines should first remember we must move well and then move often. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! The practice of Yoga can ensure you are maximizing your joint mechanics for long term durability.”
– Steve Fell PT, DPT, CSCS, FMS – www.goldmedalpt.com
Director of Yoga for Athletes
- Improved Strength: Asanas (yoga postures) develop strength and body stability in a way that significantly impedes overuse injury by strengthening the supportive but mostly under-developed muscles surrounding the more utilized muscles for each sport. This creates a more balanced and optimally functional strength for the athlete.
- Balance: Consistent yoga practice develops core strength, coordination and balance. This translates into enhanced control over how the athlete moves and leads to better technique and form in the sport. In competition, the smallest edge like superior balance can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
- Flexibility: Yoga directly improves joint and muscle flexibility, which is critical to the body’s overall ability to perform. Enhanced muscular pliancy translates into greater range of motion and an increase in the performance latitude for a particular movement or series of movements. By increasing range of motion, the body is able to increase its potential for higher velocity movements leading to greater force in its actions.
- Mental Control: Yoga is the science of the mind using the breath and the body. The physical practice of yoga is in an exercise in quieting the mind, staying present and observing what is. To realize our best athletic selves, we must have the ability to focus entirely on the challenge at hand, be completely rooted in the present moment and master our thoughts to the extent that negative thought patterns, fears and doubts are eliminated at will. Much like our muscles, the mind is trained in yoga. Consistent practice leads to mastery in quelling mental chatter, reduced stress, improved mental function and better sleep.