Is Yoga a Sport? Some folks, especially men doubt that it is not. Maybe since Yoga inspires you to get in touch with your inner spiritual self and most men are averse to that. Today, although women are still a majority in most Yoga classes, men are increasingly practicing yoga, including some famous dudes, for fitness and well being.
In ancient times, Yoga was more religious with enchanting of mantras and prayers being an integral part of every yoga practice. Today Yoga has Modernized. It is not religious anymore and you do not have to give up any part of your regular lifestyle including alcohol, meat or smoking. Modern Yoga is a fine form of physical fitness and combined with high power sports it becomes a crucial art form to beat your opponent.
Russell Wilson is the ultimate case study to exemplify the benefits of yoga for NFL players, as Pete Carroll transformed him into one of the most lethal, smartest quarterbacks in NFL. Russell was quoted in an ESPN, The Magazine, feature saying: “We do imagery work and talk about having that innovative mindset of being special. We talk about being in the moment and increasing chaos throughout practice, so when I go into the game, everything is relaxed.”
Sport as defined means “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual competes against another for entertainment” and Yoga as defined is a practice covering physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines that aim to transform the body and the mind.
When combined together, Yoga provides players with the capacity to align their body and mind and center their energy to focus on the game better. Today NFL and NBA hire special yoga coaches to train athletes not only in physical but also mental disciplines. The athletes involved in these sports have often expressed how much yoga has helped them with injury prevention and increased focus and concentration in the high pressure conditions under which they play.
LeBron James, newest star of Cleveland Cavaliers says: “Yoga isn’t just about the body! It’s also about the mind! And it’s a technique that has really helped me. I had some lower back problems a few years ago and once I started to do yoga, it has helped them go away for now.
Other than these high profile public sports, Yoga is a time for each sportsperson to commune with both their body and mind. It is meditation and therapy for muscles, since the better you treat your body, more longevity you will have in the long run. Our own super Yogi and a great teacher Aaron Benningfield swears by yoga every damn day and takes on many sports with ease and flexibility of a seasoned champion.
Yoga supports both your sport and your life. If practiced properly, it will help everything you do in your life because it makes you more focused and more aware of each situation.