Note that Friday night coaches are including yoga in their workouts. Team coaches grades 5 and up are expected to 1) do yoga poses for 10-20 minutes between Sat and Sun (or before game) and 2) encourage kids to do yoga at home and point them to our blogs and social media where we post still images and short videos. A full description of Mo’ Yoga is listed below.
The benefits of yoga for young athletes are tremendous. Practicing yoga can help with injury prevention and provide athletes such as basketball players with tools and techniques that can aid in higher athletic performance off the mat and on the court. A typical basketball player experiences excessive pounding, tightening and shortening of muscles and not enough movements and actions that focus on restoration, elongation and loosing of muscle fibers, tendons and joints.
Yoga helps protect players’ joints and improves range of motion, strength, flexibility and balance. It also teaches players breathing technique and control. Mo’ Yoga is an exclusive series designed by yoga instructor Lindsey Valdez (LVLYoga.com) to help meet the needs of Mo’ Motion basketball players and young athletes ages 10-18.
Basketball players can use yoga not only to help develop physical performance. They can also use their yoga practice to build mental focus through internal awareness of one’s own thoughts and self-images. During yoga practice players can work on staying focused mentally, physically and emotionally, which will help build their ability to gain advantages while in the midst of basketball competition.
Mo’ Yoga for young athletes will guide players through the proper yoga poses to use when stretching, as well as exercises to strengthen the core and help prevent injury. The three sets of 8-9 exercises each trains the body and the mind.
Click here to see the blogs on each set of Mo’ Yoga.