More and more NFL players are turning to yoga to improve their games.

Yoga can help your game in a lot of ways.

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More and more NFL players, like tight end Kevin Boss, are turning to yoga for it’s many benefits. (ICON Sports)

Fellas, I wanna challenge you to open your mind to yoga.  As men, sometimes we let our egos get in our way.

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I speak from experience on this yoga stuff.

My wife got me into yoga, and even though I don’t go to yoga class anymore, I still do a lot of the stretches at home, because they help me with my back issues.

But back to you.  Drop the ego crap.

Ask yourself what means more to you; what others might think, or getting the most out of yourself to see how far you can go with this football thing.

Besides, you can even do yoga in the privacy of your own home, if it’s that big of a deal.

I decided to do some digging and share what I’ve found about how yoga can improve your game on the field.

 

Lesson #1 – Quite a Few NFL Players Do Yoga


Here’s just a small list of NFL players (past and present) that practice yoga: Kevin Boss, Troy Polamalu, Eddie George, Tony Parrish, Ricky Williams, Amani Toomer, T.J. Houshmandzadeh…

There’s a lot more, I’m just too lazy to type out all of the names I found.

For years now, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have offered yoga classes for their players, as well.

Former Eagles assistant coach Baron Baptiste is a yoga guru.

In recent years, the Cincinnati Bengals made yoga a part of their off-season training program.

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The Tennessee Titans even finished their two a day workouts in camp with a 90 minute yoga session.

 

The University of New Mexico even offer optional yoga classes for the mens football team.

In fact, Ricky Williams is a certified yoga instructor.

It’s kinda blurry, but here’s a feature they did on Ricky Williams’ yoga instructing on NFL Network a few years back:

 

Lesson #2 – Yoga Helps Flexibility, Posture, Balance, and Strength


In case you didn’t know, yoga helps your flexibility.

And for guys that didn’t see the posts on stretching, flexibility can help your game tremendously.

But not only can improved flexibility enhance your football game,  it can help prevent injuries as well.

You can’t make plays on the sidelines.

Yoga improves your posture too.

And from our conversation about core strength, we learned that posture can actually improve your athletic performance.

 

Lesson #3 – Yoga Will Develop Your Core Strength


The stronger your core, the more powerful, explosive, and quick you’ll be on the field.

Not to mention all of the other benefits a strong core will give you.

Related: Core Training for Football – Why Core Training is a MUST for NFL Hopefuls – Part One

 

Lesson #4 – Yoga Will Improve Your Mental Focus, Concentration, Mental Clarity, and Calmness



In Yoga Helps Athletic Performance, the author Christina Geithner (who’s a certified ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor®) sites an article from Yoga Journal where three Olympic athletes said that they experienced improvements in “focus, concentration, mental clarity, increasing awareness of breath, and feeling more calm and grounded.”

Not sure you if you really felt the power of that.

You may want to re-read that list of benefits.

You can’t tell me with a straight face that your game on the field wouldn’t benefit from improvements in focus, concentration, mental clarity, and calmness.

Related: The Truth About Mental Preparation for Football – With Dr. Rob Bell

 

OK, we’ll finish up with the rest of the things I learned about the benefits of yoga in part two.

What do you think?  Still not convinced that yoga can help you on the field?  Let me know your thoughts.

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Web  References:

Yoga not just for girls: NFL players benefit from yoga (via Yahoo.com)
NFL football pros get a leg up on yoga workouts (via examiner.com)
Yoga for Football Players (via tatianamercier.co.uk)
True Power Yoga for Athletes (via truepoweryoga.com)
NFL football pros get a leg up on yoga workouts (via examiner.com) 

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