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LeBron James Bringing Yoga To Pro Basketball’s Next Generation

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LeBron James leads yoga at Nike basketball Academy inn June. | photo credit: @sheilamikailli

LeBron James leads yoga at Nike Basketball Academy in June. | photo credit: @sheilamikailli

LeBron James is teaching the youth all about the yog. LeBron, known to us as LeBrogi, seems he’s been keeping up with his Lebroga, and he’s been teaching it to the kids, too. (And by kids we mean up-and-coming basketballers, as well as some lucky little mini pre-adults.) According to Isaiah Taylor, a talented athlete from the University of Texas who was ambushed by TMZ, LeBron taught yoga to a whole bunch of high school and college kids, aka the “best athletes in the country” a few weeks ago at Nike’s Basketball Academy in L.A.

“It was harder than I expected,” said Taylor who had never practiced yoga before that early morning session in June (and we’re pretty sure he wasn’t the only one).

While LeBron didn’t necessarily teach the class – there was an actual yoga teacher present – it seems like he helped lead it which is pretty cool. Thanks to the overzealous interviewer we learned that LeBron’s yoga’s got game, or whatever the hip kids say these days.

“He’s told us that [yoga]’s part of his routine, especially being in the NBA and taking care of his body,” Taylor said even though he wasn’t sure if he himself was ready to make yoga part of his own regular routine…yet. You’re right, kid. Yoga isn’t easy, it’s true (and we’re talking more than asana, here), but that’s the point.

Lots of basketball players, as well as athletes in general, whether pro or amateur, have found yoga and meditation to be helpful in various ways like improving body awareness, enhancing mind-body connection, increasing breath control, preventing injury or what we like to refer to as prehabilitation, and conditioning the body and mind for faster responses and rehabilitation should injuries happen. An athlete’s body takes a lickin’ but yoga helps it keep on tickin’…if you will, which is important if you want a long and healthy career in sports. With LeBron James considered one of the best athletes in the world, we have a feeling yoga might begin to catch on even more with basketball’s next generation.

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    Why don’t you research Kareem and yoga…Says that’s how he was still playing at age 42.

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