How do we as yoga instructors help athletes train to stay healthy, durable, resilient, and at peak performance? Tiffany chats on these big questions with two coaches & Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialists – Jenni Tarma and Alison Heilig. Jenni is a Yoga Medicine Online instructor, endurance athlete, and CrossFit trainer who works with weight lifters and athletes at all skill levels. Alison is an accomplished ultra marathon runner and weightlifter as well as a strength and endurance coach and certified running coach, corrective exercise specialist, and certified nutritional coach. In this episode, we discuss flexibility versus stiffness, recovery, cross-training, myofascial release for athletes, and our favorite takeaways for athletes and their trainers & yoga teachers.
Listen in to learn yoga tips for athletes & yoga teachers, why many athletes often struggle with yoga & how to use that as an asset, and how to redefine what recovery looks like for athletes.
“You will never be able to out-train your ability to recover.” – Alison Heilig
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“When you have a rest day, what does that mean?” – Alison Heilig
- Flexibility misconceptions among athletes [5:31]
- Why athletes often struggle with yoga [7:13]
- Flexibility issues versus poor mobility issues [11:02]
- Benefits of yoga classes aimed at athletes [13:27]
- Yoga as a recovery modality for athletes [19:05]
- Tips for teaching yoga to athletes [23:58]
- Redefining what recovery looks like for athletes [29:33]
- Using myofascial release with yoga for athletes [31:23]
- Cross training benefits for athletes [46:32]
- Takeaways for yoga teachers and athletes [56:20]
- Watch this episode on YouTube
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- Yoga for Athletes Teacher Training
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“The best program isn’t going to work if it takes too much time and they end up not doing it or if you fail to make it feel relevant.” – Jenni Tarma