G-I-A-N-T-S! Y-O-G-A! (spoiler alert)
So, some of you may know the football prom is this weekend, and the New York Giants have a date with the New England Patriots. Who will win? We don’t know, but at least we can feel safe rooting for the yogis! According to Fox News the Giants have been practicing yoga all season with teacher Gwen Lawrence, who has been their yoga coach for a whopping 11 years.
“The Giants were my first professional team,” Lawrence said, who specializes in different forms of yoga, including Iyengar, Hatha, and Ashtanga Vinyasa, to engage the entire body and mind.
Lawrence, who also works with the New York Knicks, Rangers and members of the Yankees, said she works with the Giants twice a week during pre-season to get the players in shape and prepare their bodies for the upcoming year.
Coolness. Her 3 secret moves (shhhh!) are pigeon pose, frog pose, and hero pose.
“My philosophy is, strength plus flexibility equals power on the field. Doing these moves not only keeps players less injury prone – because a tight, rigid body is more likely to crack and break – but they also translate into power.
“We’re working on mental toughness, too,” she said. “Sometimes you have players with pre-game anxiety, and the breathing techniques they learn in yoga can help them cope.”
So not only do they charge through buff and burly asana, they also work on restorative postures. Giants FTW!
But wait! There’s a fumble on the play, the ball is recovered by New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty, the Hot Yogi from…NY? It’s true. Mr. McCourty a cornerback for the Patriots and is also a devout yogi. Perhaps this year will finally be our year where Tebow-ing is replaced with the touchdown-asana endzone dance. Will quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady huddle for a sun salute?
A little something extra to watch for, eh? When you’re not scanning for the Ferris Bueller ad or flipping to the Puppy Bowl.
Go team! Update SPOILER (kind of): New York Giants win Super Bowl 46! About that yoga and football…