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What’s Up With Down Dog? May Yoga News

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 9th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: arthritis, athletes, May, Michael Franti & Spearhead, news, Soulshine tour, sports, Yoga, yoga poses

Michael Franti Yoga

With more than 20 million yoga practitioners in the United States alone, yoga is becoming part of mainstream culture — and making its own news headlines! Here’s what you should know when you hit the mat:

Yoga for Tight Hips and Knee Injuries

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | June 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: athletes, bow pose, cobbler pose, double pigeon pose, flexibility, flexible, football, Frog Pose, Hero Pose, hips, IT band, knee, knee injury, knee pain, legs, legs X MCL strain, MCL strain, open your hips, Pigeon pose, preventing knee problems, running, sports injuries, squats, Standing Forward Bend, strong hips, Yoga

Mother, father and daughter doing yoga

If your hips are tight, it makes sense that you increase the likelihood of injuring your knees. Running, jumping, pivoting and acrobatic endzone catches or goal shots put a lot of pressure on the hips.

Let’s stop and think for a moment: If you get hit on the football field, for example, the energy of the body hitting you has to be absorbed somewhere in your body. And if your hips lack suppleness and don’t give in to this energy at all, then the energy will go to the point of least resistance — the very vulnerable knee joint.

A flexible hip will not always avoid a devastating knee injury, but it will help a lot! So let’s talk about keeping the hips open and a safe for long life for your knees.

Top 10 Sports-Related Injuries and Yoga Poses to Avoid Them

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | April 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, Achilles tendon, ACL, ankles, athletes, avoid injury, balance, feet, flexibility, flexible, foot, hamstrings, hips, injuries, joints, knees, low back, lower back, MCL, meniscus, muscles, neck, New York Giants, pain, plantar fasciitis, problems, shoulders, sports, sprains, strains, strength, tight, wrists, yoga poses

Yoga for Sports Injuries

The most common reason for sports-related injuries — whether you’re a recreational athlete or a pro, from ages 10-80 — is overuse and abuse. In my experience, most injuries arise when athletes disconnect from their bodies. Their eyes are on perfection, or the competition.

It follows that the best prevention is to become acutely aware of your body — its shape, its symmetry, how it feels, the range in the joints. Many sports can create asymmetries in the body because they are one-side dominant (think of swinging a baseball bat or golf club or tennis racket). It’s your job to recognize these imbalances before they become injuries. To help you, I’ve identified the top 10 most common sports-related injuries and given you a few yoga poses for athletes to to help correct the imbalances and asymmetries that cause them.

How Much Water Do You Need When Working Out?

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | June 23rd, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: Add new tag, athletes, dehydrated, drink fluids, exercise, how much water do you need when exercising, hydration, sports drinks, waist packs, water, workout

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Most of us have memorized this rule: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But did you know that the human body is made up of about 66 percent water? We are more than half water — so staying well hydrated is essential when being active outdoors. But how much water you need, and when you need it, really depends on the length and intensity of your workout.