What do Lebron James, Tom Brady and the All Blacks have in common? Yes they are all elite athletes, but you might be surprised to know that they, along with hundreds of other elite sports stars, regularly practice yoga. Yoga took the basketball world by storm and has become a feature on hundreds of professional teams’ weekly training schedule, not just for its restorative features but also for its ability to improve players’ mindfulness and focus.
Beyond the court yoga has been known to have many positive effects on both you physical and mental wellbeing. Researchers have tied regular yoga practice to a number positive health effects including, but not limited to:
- Improved posture
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Boosted immunity
- Improved sleep quality
- Reduced food cravings
One final great aspect of yoga is that it’s easily learned online, so if you can’t get yourself to a studio here are a few of great online courses you can check out. Why not take advantage of a free trial and see if yoga is your next healthy hobby?
Yogaglo – over 3,500 yoga instructional videos for all skill levels and different yoga goals.
Do Yoga With Me – Hundreds of free yoga videos, perfect for the yoga-curious.
Gaia Yoga – A brilliant yoga resource of videos and blogs for people interested in the deeper teachings of yoga.
Yoga Anytime – Fostering a yoga community, yoga anytime features “seasons” of curated videos based on certain themes.
Codyapp – Unlike subscription models, on Cody you can buy individual instructional videos and keep them for life.
Yoga for BJJ – Purpose built for people training in Brazillian Ju-Jitsu, this is a great resource for those looking to pair yoga with other sports.
Stretching your mind is just as important and increasing muscle strength can also improve brain function so it’s a great win-win. These total simple routine mix-ups are great for keeping you on the ball- although don’t do number 8 in Australia.
Keeping with the idea of improving brain power, oats have long been touted as a serious brain boosting superfood. These overnight oats recipes combine sleep-ins and healthy breakfasts, which is an excellent combination in our minds.