Yoga for Athletes: Practices and Techniques for Force, Flow, and Freedom

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Course Overview

Are you an athlete seeking to improve your performance? In Yoga for Athletes: Practices and Techniques for Force, Flow, and Freedom, physiotherapist Alicia Malcolm Anderson brings you yoga-infused techniques for propulsion, mobility, strength, and coordination that you can use to prime your body and mind for your sport. You can also use the classes in this program to support your training days and/or pre-hab training. Overhead athletes, contact sport athletes, and non-contact sport athletes will all benefit from these classes, where Alicia shares exercises designed to help you maximize your movement potential.

In five of the six classes, she focuses on specific areas of the body, offering you drills and alignment suggestions that can help you notice where your range of motion might be limited, where you might be compensating, as well as how to move with more awareness and ease. She also offers suggestions to help you lessen your risk of injury in your sport. And to address the stress that athletes can experience before and during performance, Alicia guides you through a breath practice to help you regulate your nervous system.

The classes include: Generating Propulsion Through the Foot and Ankle, Hip and Knee Activation Drills; Bending and Shifting for Lower Body Function; Articulating Suspension and Compression Through the Spine and Pelvis; Breathing to Regulate Force, Power, and Relaxation; and Reaching and Twisting Through the Upper Body.

Get ready to build more movement integrity for your sport!

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1.7hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • Props: blanket, blocks, strap Prime your feet and ankles in this propulsion-focused practice for athletes (propulsion is the force that drives, for example, a runner’s body forward). You’ll warm up with dynamic ankle stretches from seated, a long hold in a kneeling toe stretch (especially good for runners and jumpers), a toe differentiation/coordination exercise, and more. Then, you’ll move on to foot mobility work in downward facing dog, breath-infused propulsive movement from down dog into a hovering table, and dynamic lunge variations. Enjoy building more movement integrity for your sport!
Section 2
  • Props: blocks, chair, wall, blanket Create power in your lower body with this hip- and knee-focused sequence for athletes. You’ll begin with hamstring and glute strengtheners from legs-on-a chair pose, before moving on to a mat practice that includes hip-mobilizing windshield wipers; hip, knee, and core strengthening transitions from seated to kneeling; side-lying hip and knee lifts; and more. Along the way, you’ll learn how to adapt the poses to suit your needs. Alicia also explains how you can get the most out of each exercise depending on your sport.
Section 3
  • Props: none Continue to build stability in your lower body with this alignment-based sequence* that’s designed especially for overhead athletes (such as volleyball players, basketball players, tennis players, and golfers) who require the rotation in the hips that facilitates chest and shoulder mobility—for throwing, swinging, etc. You’ll do knee mobility exercises from standing, pelvic mobility balance work, dynamic movement in lunge variations (especially good for golfers), a hip and arm-strengthening lateral mobility sequence (particularly effective for court athletes), and more. You may want...
Section 4
  • Yoga for Athletes: Articulating Suspension and Compression Through the Spine and Pelvis

    Hatha Yoga
Section 5
  • Props: none Enhance your overall performance by learning to regulate your nervous system with the breath. Alicia begins by breaking down the mechanics of breathing and then guides you through a few breath counting exercises that can help you generate power for your sport and release stress.
Section 6
  • Props: blocks This beginner-friendly class is optimal for basketball players and other overhead athletes, swimmers, and athletes who require strength to push themselves up from the floor. It includes a mobilizing side-lying sequence, locust variations, and shoulder-strengthening drills from tabletop. Along the way, Alicia helps you notice where your range of motion might be limited, how much movement is desirable to lessen your risk of injury, and how to move with more ease in those areas. Have a towel or thin blanket on hand for this class.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Alicia Malcolm Anderson
Alicia is an international athlete who has lived experiences of injury, burnout, disappointment, post-childbirth... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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