Yoga, Breathing and Mindfulness: Applying Yoga Techniques to Enhance Athletic Performance

A talk by Valerie Schneiderman
Yoga Instruction for Athletes, IMG Academy

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About this talk

This talk is an introduction to the benefits of yoga practice for baseball players at all levels. No yoga experience required.

Are your athletes looking outside themselves for success? Can we teach them to turn their attention inward to cultivate better body awareness and metal focus? How do we teach what I like to call....Skill in Action?

Yoga posture sequences can be used effectively as whole team training for warm-up/recovery, position-specific training and/or addressing individual player weaknesses.

Some benefits of sport-specific yoga practice: • Strength • Balance • Mobility • Stability • Recovery/Stress Relief • Mental Focus • Breath Control

Skill in Action happens when we learn to train the mind in much the same way that we train our bodies. It does not happen accidentally. Through mindful repetition, players can enhance performance, decrease injury and optimize their mental and physical well-being.

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Valerie Schneiderman

USA Olympic Team Member

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