How Yoga Helps Athletic Performance

Athletes around the world are constantly focused on improving their performance and being the best at what they do.  Hours in the gym in addition to hours practicing their respective sport can certainly help boost performance, but more and more coaches and athletes are realizing that if they want more power, more muscle and more focus, they should turn to yoga.

Mind to Body yoga studio in Mississauga welcomes athletes of any caliber and can provide some great insight into which classes can help enhance athletic performance.  The benefits that athletes can achieve from regularly practicing yoga are:

1. Increased Strength: Because of the frequency and repetitiveness that athletes complete the same motion (throwing a ball, shooting a puck, peddling a bike), they often end up with some muscles that are over worked and others that are underworked. Eventually, those overworked tired muscles try and rely on the less used muscles to help out and this often results in injury.

Yoga poses offer a great variety of muscles used and improve overall core strength and lean muscle mass. Practicing yoga balances out those repetitive motions and allows an athletes body to reach a higher level of overall fitness.

2. Greater Flexibility: Playing a lot of sports or a sport at a competitive level is hard on the body. Did you know that after years of playing hockey, ankle flexibility is most often drastically reduced?  Working on an athlete’s flexibility through yoga will give them a greater range of motion and the greater ability to strengthen all muscle groups and avoid injury.

3. Better Mental Health: In addition to fitness and nutrition, sleep is the third pillar of health that leads to optimal performance. People who practice yoga report falling asleep easier and having a better night’s rest overall. Savasana, the meditative part of a yoga class that happens at the end, also allows athletes to quiet their minds and focus on upcoming training or competition.

4. Balance and Control: Through consistent yoga practice, coordination and balance will improve. Better balance and coordination means enhanced control over body movements and can really help refine an athlete’s technique and form.

Whether it’s meditation, hot yoga or power yoga that you want to try to up your athletic performance, Mind to Body in Mississauga offers what you need.  Our yoga and pilates schedule can be found on our website in addition to our wellness services and upcoming workshops. It’s no secret that people who practice yoga are happier and tend to be more successful, so why not make yoga work for you?

How Yoga Helps Athletic Performance
Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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