Los Angeles, CA – 2/17/2014—
Rather than taking a much earned vacation toan exotic hotspot or relaxing at home, slopestyle skier Jamie Anderson plans onheading to a yoga retreat in Oahu to celebrate her gold medal win. She is among several Olympic athleteswho credits a yoga practice with helping her score the esteemed award of a goldmedal, and with good reason. Ayoga practice has numerous benefits for both Olympic and traditional athletesalike.
Providing the body with a unique form ofstrength training in addition to improving flexibility, yoga can not only helpstrengthen and tone muscle groups, it can also enable quicker recovery frominjury or even help prevent injuries from happening. In addition to this, yoga assists in teaching a person howto focus and calm their mind, enabling them to handle stress more appropriatelyand find peace in all situations – something that can come in handy duringintense physical competitions such as the Olympics.
Many athletes credit yoga with helping themremain physically and mentally strong; in fact, the coed luge team competing inSochi will be partnering with a rival competitor from India to gain stretchingtips to assist them with their own competition.
Yoga is such a popular discipline andrequires such unique type of strength that some have even suggested it’s asport in itself. The United StatesYoga Federation has petitioned to make posture yoga an official Olympic sportin future games. If they eversucceed, it’s possible we could see cross-culture competitions spring up that canboth support and bring awareness to this extremely beneficial healthpractice.
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