When teaching yoga to athletes, I often like to incorporate anti-rotation exercises into the sequence.
As the name suggests, these are exercises where we are resisting a force that would cause our core (or - to use more accurate language - our trunk, i.e torso) to rotate.
The benefits of anti-rotation exercises are:
Gaining core strength
Injury prevention by, among other things, correcting improper movement patterns
Working on acceleration and deceleration. This basically means producing, respectively reducing force in movements such as jumping or stopping mid-run to change direction. These skills are particularly important for court and field sports such as handball, tennis, soccer, and even for dance.
In the video below, I show you a progression of exercises that you can sneak into your daily practice - I usually do this during the opening sequences of my class, right after cat-cow and before the first downward facing dog.
As always, I invite you to try this out and let me know in the comments below how this impacted your practice and overall physical state.
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