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    Excellence in sports is like the tip of an iceberg. What is usually hidden is building of strength at the physical, physiological and emotional levels. It has become the norm in sports to use “mindfulness” training and Yoga as part of the basic skills of the sportsperson. Like yoga training is part of many traditional arts/practices, today it is gaining prominence as an important part of the repertoire of a sports person, irrespective of the field of sport.

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    Sarva
    Anga Sadhana
    Yogacharya Sri T Krishnamacharya called Yoga a Sarva Anga Sadhana (works on all parts of the body). A balanced and well integrated yogasana routine can:
    • Increase ones physical strength, power and stamina
    • Help one relax after strenuous physical routine to help the body rejuvenate itself
    • Identify and address imbalances and weaknesses that the sport precipitates – before it manifests as an injury
    • Compliment conventional healing methodologies for rapid recovery from injury
    • Develop the breath so as to maintain concentration even after long hours of play
    • Develop and sustain emotional equanimity even in the pressure of a match
    Benefits
    Some of the proven/observed benefits of yogasana and pranayama practices for sports persons are as follows:
    • Precision of the body movements leading to a greater accuracy inactions such as hitting a ball and directing it correctly, kicking moreprecisely both in the use of power and direction. Regulated breathing inasana practice using dynamic movements and static positions havebeen found to help in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).PNF stretching techniques are actively used in athletic and clinicalenvironments to improve active and passive range of movements(ROM) to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.
    • Improving flexibility of muscle groups that become tight with repetitivemovements (for example, the bowling arm of a bowler in cricket),thereby increasing range and efficiency of movements and preventingchances of injury.
    • Improves physical balance, symmetry, stability and alignment.
    • Using conscious deep breathing in asana helps improve cardiorespiratoryefficiency, increases oxygen intake and supply to musclesthereby improving function and reducing muscle fatigue.
    • Improved respiratory efficiency in turn improves circulation, digestion,energy levels and therefore endurance.
    • Yogasana practices aim at improving body awareness thereby buildoptimal neurological connections between the brain and muscles andoptimize movement/activity bringing about balance and integration andreduces risk of injuries.
    • Post training stretching and relaxation practices helps improveparasympathetic domination that supports relaxation and recovery afterintense sympathetic activation during the sport/exercise activity.
    • Asana stretches with breath regulation focusing on extendingexhalation help recovery and muscle repair by increasing blood flowand oxygen supply to strained muscle tissues. By enhancing circulationand lymphatic flow, yoga not only increases strength and endurancebut also allows muscles to process metabolic byproducts more quickly,speeding healing time and re-growth.
    • Regulated breathing with movement and pranayama (breathingpractices) help calm the anxious mind and improve clarity and focus.
    • Other clinically proven benefits are that yoga practices help improve immune function, balance hormonal balance and improve stress management, all extremely beneficial to sports persons.
    Tools and
    techniques
    Personalized asana / pranayama practice based on the individual and sport that the individual is playing to:
    • Strengthening the body
    • Improving stamina and balance
    • Relaxation
    • Injury prevention
    • Complimentary therapy for faster recovery from injury
    Tools are also taken from practices and exercises in Kalari payattu and Theatre to work with one’s emotional spectrum and develop a deeper grasp of the same.