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Yoga for Triathletes

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More and more athletes are recognizing the benefit of yoga for athletic performance – both during the season and as a tool for recovery. The sport of triathlon has grown tremendously in the last 15 years and as extreme endurance athletes, triathletes are increasingly interested in alternative methods to improve their performance. A lot of triathletes are encouraged to incorporate yoga into their training, but they end up attending general yoga classes that don’t meet their needs—or in the worst case—put them at risk for injuries.

This online course, Yoga for Triathletes, addresses the unique challenges that triathletes face and how yoga can provide the correct tools to help a triathlete navigate their training, recovery, mental fortitude, and peak performance. Your instructor, Dr. Daya Grant, is a mental performance consultant, a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and a triathlete herself. Dr. Grant designed this course to give yoga teachers the tools to work with triathletes and to give triathletes the insights they need to integrate the full benefits of yoga into their training and recovery regiment.

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What Will I Learn?

  • What distinguishes triathletes from general athletes, specifically how this population is distinct from pure runners, cyclists, or swimmers.
  • Understand the injuries common to triathletes and gain an appreciation for the psychological tolls taken by this high endurance sport.
  • Become knowledgeable about the biomechanics involved in this multi-sport, and how yoga can support that movement as well as help correct specific imbalances.
  • Yoga teachers who complete this course will learn how to tailor specifics to a triathlete in a class or private setting.
  • Triathletes who take this course will learn about the multifaceted benefits of yoga through lectures and sample practices.
  • Anyone who takes this course will leave with a deeper appreciation for triathlon. In fact, they may be convinced to train for a triathlon themselves!
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Required Tools

  • No special props or equipment is required for the lecture component of this course.
  • For the two sample practices, you’ll need a yoga mat and any props that you use in your regular practice.
  • A downloadable handout is provided.
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Course Features

  • Multidisciplinary learning methods of theory (lecture) and application (sample practices).
  • The lectures focus on learning about the sport, the athlete’s mindset, common injuries, and how yoga can serve this unique demographic.
  • Sample sequences and cueing aligned with lectures.
  • An informative course handout available for download.
  • A certificate of completion after the passing the online quiz.
  • Watch and review on-demand! Your access to this course does not expire so you can always return to deepen your understanding over time.

This course is eligible for 3 hours of continuing education hours towards the Yoga Medicine® 500/1000 program and/or Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.

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Course Outcomes

  • Yoga teachers who complete this course will have a deeper understanding of the physicality and mentality of a time-starved triathlete, which are tools to better tailor a triathlete-specific class or for working one-on-one with a triathlete.
  • Triathletes who take this course will learn about the multifaceted benefits of yoga through lectures and sample practices, and be better positioned to maximize their approach to using yoga in their training regiment.

About The Teacher

Daya Alexander Grant, PhD, M.S., is a neuroscientist, mental performance coach, and yoga teacher who specializes in helping athletes train their minds through the application of science-backed mental skills and meditation techniques. She has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA, where her research focused on the long-term consequences of repeat concussions. After completing her doctorate in 2015, she served as a neuroscience consultant and helped launch the education curriculum for the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with traumatic brain injuries. She has created two courses for Yoga Medicine: Yoga for Triathletes and Yoga for Concussions. She has a private practice based in Los Angeles, where she also loves writing, competing in triathlons, and enjoying the beach life with her husband and their 3-year-old son.


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