For the Athlete, this pose is an amazing option to strengthen the back and improve abdominal strength. From agile soccer players to acrobatic hoop stars, it is always important and obvious to spend time on these areas for most favorable performance.
It also gives the athlete the opportunity to observe the asymmetries mentioned above. And finally this strengthens the hip flexors and quads; all a sport star has to do is hold this position for several minutes to know they need work in this area!
Although you should always consult your physician and research a properly trained yoga teacher before starting a yoga practice.
There are a few instances where you should avoid this pose entirely:
- Recent back surgery
Have fun exploring this pose and learning about your body.
Gwen Lawrence has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990.Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instruction and her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program www.poweryogaforsports.com.Gwen's unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy, nutrition and homeopathy, provide her clients, class participants and athletes with overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for several New York Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the Pace University baseball team; as well as many youth teams in a variety of sports. She is also the official spokesperson for AFRIN PureSea. Visit her website at www.poweryogaforsports.com