Yoga For Athletes

Friends Who Work Out

Customized programs for your athletes. 

  • Cross-training

  • Increased flexibility

  • Increased strength and agility

  • Improves balance

  • Better endurance

  • Injury prevention

  • Enhanced recovery

  • Improved focus

  • Improved balance

  • Improved body mechanics, posture & awareness

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Manages stress

  • Promotes teamwork

  • Private training 

  • Team programs

  • Customized programs

  • Wellness strategies

From Lebron James, Serena Williams and Danica Patrick to the Duke Basketball team and the US Volleyball team, athletes of all ages and sports are turning to yoga to take their game to the next level. 

At Salveo Yoga we will design your program specifically for your athletes while focusing on five key areas: 


1. Active recovery - Yoga, as a word, is too often used to mean ONE type of exercise. However, just like any type of training, it can take many different forms. For athletes, I use YIN yoga as a foundation to aid in recovery as well as a tool to strengthen interconnective tissue. Yin yoga (slower movement) stretches and targets both the connective tissue and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and "open up" the joint areas. 


2. Flexibility - Using controlled movement and focused breath to allow athletes the time to simply learn new ways to stretch their bodies is one of the biggest benefits of yoga for athletes. 


3. Strengthen - Obviously athletes spend plenty of time trying to get stronger. And the major muscle groups get plenty of work. I like to help them work on the "small areas" of their bodies. Their feet, their hands, their wrists, their ankles, connective tissue etc. All areas that can be neglected (or even suffer) from the repetitive stress they endure performing their primary athletic movements. 


4. Breath - Breathing is the foundation of yoga. What many people are not aware of is how rejuvenating a yoga class can be, especially for athletes. Focused, proper breathing throughout a full yoga class is both restorative and energizing. I have many students who will tell me things like, "I feel so good" after they take their first yoga class. Most are not aware that what they're feeling stems from the fact that they just spent an hour breathing properly and their body immediately benefits from that. I also see that breath control carry over into other workouts like running, lifting etc. 


5. Focus/Relaxation - While the mental benefits of yoga can be subjectively debated, I can only say, I see those benefits every day. Whether it is the meditative experience, the calming benefits of proper breathing or just the act of slowing down for an hour, I see people of all ages and athletic abilities come into class with tight fists and clenched jaws and leave relaxed and with a smile. As you know, competitive sports can be as hard on the mind as they are the body. 

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