Yoga For Athletes

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Michelle Castillo from Hom Yoga shows us three moves that will help you excel in your sport


Running shortens your muscles. It also creates tension in your hips. So with this move we aim to lengthen out the groin, calf and hamstring and increase circulation so that the muscles can be utilised more.

Standing Twist
Standing tall, raise your right knee then twist your upper body to face it. Place your left hand on the outside of your right knee and your right palm on your lower back. Hold for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat other side.

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Whether you’re on the road or in a spin class, you are shortening your leg muscles as you build those great quads. This yoga move helps you open the groin area and work the muscles at the base of your back. After a session in the saddle, this is what you need to stretch out.

Twisted Lizard
Start in a lunge (with your right foot forward) and lower your left knee to the mat. Place your left hand by your right foot and twist your upper body towards the right knee. Grab your left foot with your right hand. Hold for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat other side.

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With swimming you need a strong core, but you also need flexibility in your shoulders. This move opens up your shoulders and helps you improve your stroke.

Extended Side Angle
Step into a low lunge (with your left foot forward). Turn your back foot 90 degrees. Place your left hand by your front foot and stretch out with your right arm past your ear. Hold for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat other side.

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