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Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs not demonstrating a yoga pose, but we can pretend. | photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It’s no coincidence that it’s been 108 years since the Cubs won a pennant. The number is as sacred as it gets. As Grant DePorter pointed out in a Sept. 23 Chicago Sun Times column, there are a weird amount of 108 coincidences with the Cubs:

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Snow Boarding

Snowboarding isn't new to yoga (neither is snow for that matter!), and X Games champ Jamie Anderson certainly isn't new to yoga, either. After winning gold in the first ever Olympic slopestyle event at the 2014 Sochi Games, Anderson spoke about her affinity for yoga. "When you do it, you feel like you’re really overcoming [...]

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The Warriors with Head Coach Steve Kerr | image credit: Sam Forencich/NBAE

Sure lots of pro athletes do yoga asanas, but how many meditate or consider themselves "mindful"...and are on a hot winning streak?

Enter the team with the best start to a season in any American professional sport ever! 2015 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.

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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 [...]

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Kevin-Love-yoga

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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keith-mitchell-yoga

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. [...]

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canucks-yoga-on-ice

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 [...]

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als-yoga-ice-bucket

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-yoga

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 [...]

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