Sunday, March 6, 2016

Yoga for baseball players of all ages

Baseball is an integral part of the fabric of the United States, and is a sport that evokes strong nostalgia among Americans of all ages.

Whether a Little League Player, high school or college baseball player, or in the National League, incorporating some yoga moves will give you a better chance at hitting a home run once you sidle up to home plate.
The physical demands of baseball are great, as good players need everything from fast reflexes to excellent hand-eye coordination. Yoga is the perfect complement to strengthen muscles in both the mind and body.

By building flexibility and strength, yoga can help to prevent pulled muscles. Downward Facing Dog is a great posture to stretch out your hamstrings.

When a player steps up to home plate, it is actually the rotation of one's hips that generates the power, not the swinging of the bat. In other words, the better range of motion one has in their hips, the better the chance for a stronger hit.

The following 3 yoga postures will help to open up tight hips.
  1. Chair Pose
  2. Warrior II Pose
  3. Butterfly Pose.
In addition, breathing in and out through the nose helps to keep one's head in the game and one's mind sharp as well. These benefits come in handy in all ball sports as well!

Dog Pose

Chair Pose

Warrior Pose

Butterfly Pose

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