Teaching Yoga for Sport

Yoga for Sport Course

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The YTI Yoga for Sports Course runs over three days. Its aim is to up-skill yoga teachers and build on their prior yoga knowledge in order to teach yoga to athletes and sports people.

The course explores yoga in a variety of ways that address the needs of the athlete / sports person. The course offers yoga as a cross training practice that will help sports people see the value of yoga to complement their existing strength training practices.

For the yoga teachers taking the course, the focus I on the key elements of Hatha yoga. Alignment and core strength are at the fore in their roles of helping to prevent injuries and improve form. A variety of asanas and stretches are explored which increase range of motion of joints and flexibility /strength of muscles. Breath training is used to help performance and endurance. Breath training is also used to help with mental focus and relaxation.

Days 1 and 2

Over the first two days, anatomy is central to the course and is explored to deepen the yoga teachers understanding of the most common overuse injuries that occur in sports people. The course explores how yoga can be used in helping to prevent these injuries.

On the floor, the tutors present ‘class plans in action’, using yoga practices to create good alignment, build muscle strength and flexibility, improve mobility and help prevent injuries – injuries that stem mostly from misalignment and overuse. Scenarios are set as ‘on the floor’ assignments and yoga teachers work together in groups designing and presenting class plans and receiving feedback from tutors.

Day 3

Day three of the course is a practical day. YTI teachers who teach yoga to athletes and sports people lead four different, hour long classes over the span of the day, presenting yoga for various groups of athletes/sports people, ranging from highly competitive ball players to cyclists and golfers.

After each class there will be a Q&A session for teachers to dialogue and ask questions etc.

Overall, the Yoga for Sports Course aims to create a very real balance between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Certificates are presented on completion of the course.
Elma Toland – YTI Tutor

Paulette Egan, YTI Yoga Therapist and owner of SportsYoga.ie has combined sport and yoga to complete the missing link in sport. Read what some of her clients have to say...

Yoga for Sport

I have unfortunately received a number of career threatening injuries, and have tried a whole range of treatments. I can genuinely say that working with Paulette and her SportsYoga.ie concept and experiencing her visualisation sessions has been a revelation for me. I wish I had met her at the beginning of my career! I first met Paulette in an attempt to improve my level of performance by even 1 per cent, however, what I received was so much more, it is hard to quantify.

Felix Jones - Munster / Ireland Rugby
Yoga for Sport

I started working with Paulette during my preparation for expeditions to Antartica and Everest as part of my Seven Summits challenge. I found the Yoga Nidra and breathing techniques particularly useful and worked closely with Paulette in developing visualisation recordings to use on the high mountain to help with composure and focus during the more difficult parts of my climbs.

Paul Devaney - Founder - Irish Seven Summits
Yoga for Sport

...a big part in my training programme with several benefits. I have improved my flexibility and mobility greatly over the past few months. The meditation work helps me focus on key training sessions and competition and the Yoga Nidra helps me unwind and relax which is vital given my busy schedule...

Colin Griffin - Irish Olympian 2012
Yoga for Sport

When I was ruled out of The Heineken Cup semi-final with a groin injury, I started working with Paulette. She wrote me out a personalised visualisation and included it in the yoga nidra therapy. I made a great recovery in two weeks, which should normally take four. I am in no doubt that it helped me massively...

JJ Hanrahan - Munster Rugby Player


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