Well, fish and chips, if this video of England National Rugby guys practicing yoga doesn’t have us rightly chuffed! These days it’s not just American pro athletes taking the benefits of yoga seriously as a true way to stretch, breathe, relax, rehabilitate and pre-habilitate, preventing injuries on and off the field. Props for the blocks.
Rugby is arguably one of the most athletically demanding and dangerous sports this side of the Coliseum. It’s also a game of strategy and quick-thinking action. As it just so happens, yoga can help with both the body and the mind.
“The physical benefit is the collagen fiber and the soft tissue recovery. And also working on injury places like hamstrings, glutes, groins, shoulders and a lot of thoracic rotation,” says yoga teacher Nisha Srivastava. “The mental benefits would be the mind. I start them off with asana and then I bring them onto the mind for relaxation and focusing the mind. And they ned that on the pitch so they make the right decisions at the right time, ” says Srivastasa who’s worked with several rugby teams.
“You can get your rest on. Get your mind working properly…the relationship between body and mind. It’s especially nice after an aerobics session,” said footballer Jamie Jones Buchanan.
And that’s where our British-English translation machine conked out. But we’re pretty sure the rest of what Buchanan says has to do with the teacher keeping a special eye on a certain hooligan troublemaker in class. Something tells us it’s this guy.
Enjoy the full video below!
And a couple more lovely rugby yoga pics featuring George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Roy Asotasi and the guys of the South Sydney Rabbitohs (Australian league) couldn’t hurt, right?
Last two photos taken during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL recovery session on September 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Getty Images)
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