Yoga is a practice we hold near and dear to our hearts at The Green Yogi and are thrilled the practice is finding its way into the training of nearly every professional sport! To some yoga itself is a sport, to others along with hitting the gym, yoga is an integral part of how they prepare to compete at the highest levels.
From Green Yogi of the month, Erik Lorig, tight end of the Tampa Buccaneers, to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Giants pitchers Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson, many professional athletes are vinyasaing on a regular basis to improve their flexibility, create inner peace, and strengthen their mental focus.
Then there’s yoga-loving Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs. Last year he said, “The yoga has definitely helped me. It helps me train every day because it gives me the flexibility and the strength not only to play the game but to train as well.” The 39 year old Welsh player has been practicing for over a decade and is such a fan he’s released his own ‘Giggs Fitness’ DVDs incorporating yoga poses to help maintain flexibility and prevent injury.
On March 5, 2013, Giggs made history making his 1000th career appearance in the Champions League game against Real Madrid. To understand what a big deal this is and why Ryan Giggs is being called the greatest Manchester United player ever check out his stats from YogaDork.
Hear that guys? It doesn’t matter how many tackles are made, strikeouts are thrown, home runs hit, or goals scored, what matters is our health: physically, mentally, spiritually. Without it, game over.