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Yoga in Sports

LeBron James leads yoga at Nike basketball Academy inn 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 [...]


In case there was any confusion, men practice yoga, too. And we'd be willing to bet there's a bunch of skeptical guys out there who have tried yoga simply because they'd heard some of their favorite professional athletes have taken to the practice to better their game, as well as their bodies, their minds and [...]

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Speaking of yoga and football. Keith Mitchell, NFL linebacker-turned-yoga teacher is a prime example of an inspiring transition, and transformation, like whoa. In the late 90s, Keith Mitchell became a promising NFL defensive linebacker playing for the New Orleans Saints, the Houston Texans, and finally the Jacksonville Jaguars, where his career ended abruptly at age 31. [...]


You're not hallucinating, people have willingly chosen to do yoga on a thick sheet of freezing cold ice. It may have had something to do with the presence of strapping Vancouver Canuck Shawn Matthias, along with fellow handsome teammates Alex Burrows, Bo Horvat, and Zack Kassian, yogaing, getting twisted, and breathing hot air steam clouds [...]


Here's Danny Donachie, head of medical services at Everton Football Club, an English premier league soccer team, performing his ALS ice bucket challenge...in headstand! Which is some super impressive balancing, by the way, because that's A LOT of ice water. "I dedicated the challenge to BKS Iyengar who was an inspiration to me. I never [...]

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Clemson University's football coach shows us his unique style of yoga in this cute promotional video from the school's sports department. The usually intense Coach Brent Venebles' leads a somewhat intense, yet relaxed-ish yoga class with a bunch of willing, and maybe a tad confused, students. The YouTube description reads:  "Coach Venables isn't always the [...]


It's not football season, but Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't taking much time off. In fact, he's making sure he gets sufficient time in for yoga. At the ripe age of 30, which is (ridiculously) over the hill in professional sports land, Rodgers is feeling "comfortable now in my own skin." He sees it as an opportunity [...]


The first ever Olympic snowboard slopestyle competition happened this past weekend in Sochi and it's safe to say American Jamie Anderson captured the gold medal with some real panache. Knocking out almost perfect runs, 23-year-old Anderson stayed cool under the pressure, but the experience wasn't without its extremely stressful moments. "I was really just trying [...]


The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl and now everyone's going crazy for yoga! An odd statement(!) to make unless you've been keeping up with how the Seahawks have taken on yoga and meditation practices to improve their overall game and potentially the future of football. Has interest in yoga increased for the football-loving sports [...]


The Denver Broncos Head Coach may have nixed the yoga program a few years ago, but that hasn't stopped some of the players from getting their weekly practice in on the mat. It's an interesting story, really. It was 2009 when Josh McDaniels was hired as the Broncos Head Coach and poo-pooed the regular yoga [...]

Kansas City Chiefs v Washington Redskins

Kick. Throw. Catch. Tackle. Run! Clearly all very yoga-like things to do, yeah? OK, maybe not (unless you're in a class like this). But, bend, stretch, breathe, relax seem to be very football-like things to do lately and it's really helping, according to some players who've made the practice part of their conditioning ritual. For Dwayne [...]


And then there are days we cheer for football players practicing yoga! Sure it's not new news anymore, per se (heck, it seems there are more football players doing yoga now than not -- which is also not true...yet), but it is good news! While the whole "yoga is for girls" line is played out like bro-tastic beer commercials [...]


What happens when two baseball teams playing each other in the World Series both have classy branded yoga pants AND yoga classes inside their stadiums? A right yoga rivalry! It's true, both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox have offered yoga in their home stadiums and shwaggy yoga pants. BUT, will that have [...]


In the latest round of yoga in sports news, Iowa State is next to incorporate yoga into their basketball team's pre-season training. Granted, yoga in sports is nothing new, but it does elevate our prana to see more and more athletes enjoy the benefits of the practice. Coaches are always looking to keep pre-season training [...]