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Loose and Limber: Baseball Players Do Yoga

Berra's not the only yogi in baseball anymore.

The San Diego Padres have a yoga instructor, Kathy Roberts, who takes them through yoga sessions on a regular basis in order to help them to improve core strength and flexibility.


More and more professional sports teams are making yoga a regular part of their exercise regimen. Athletes who do yoga claim to enjoy greater flexibility and faster recovery from workouts.

A lot of people think that yoga's just for housewives in Orange County or Beverly Hills who are looking for exercise that isn't too strenuous. But experienced yogis (which now includes the San Diego Padres) know that yoga is challenging, both physically and mentally. It's because of this that athletes who do yoga have greater dexterity and mental acuity, which is key in professional sports. It can help them to react faster and to make split-second play decisions.

Pitchers benefit especially from yoga workouts.It helps them to stretch out and strengthen their arms, which can go a long way towards preventing injury and improving performance.

Kent Katich works with NBA playersAll kinds of professional athletes use yoga to supplement their workouts, from football players (including the 2012 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants) to tennis players. But you don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from yoga in your pursuit of excellence in sports. When you do yoga, you'll notice an improvement in your strength, flexibility, and dexterity. You'll also find it easier to dedicate yourself to the task at hand, since yoga helps train your mind to focus. These are all traits that will help you to be a better athlete than weights and cardio alone.

When you add yoga to your exercise regimen, be sure that you have the proper equipment to begin your practice. Grab your Maji Mat, and you'll be ready to start off strong.

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