Course components are delivered online:
• Yoga for Athletes e-book
• Study guide (PDF)
• Continuing education exam
From the gridiron to the hard court, today’s top athletes—and those who work with them—know the benefits of yoga. It’s why yoga has become an essential component in training and conditioning programs. With Yoga for Athletes, you can help athletes improve performance, reduce the risk of injury, and maximize training results.
At the completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:
- Describe the benefits of making yoga practice part of an athlete’s training program to improve overall sport performance, and select the proper yoga poses based on the specific sport participation.
- Understand which muscles are involved in stretching with each yoga pose.
- Describe preliminary warm-up poses, full-body poses, and a proper cool-down.
- Select the correct props to maintain proper form during yoga poses and demonstrate proper breathing techniques.
- Explain why the performance of core exercises in yoga practice can help prevent injury and enhance coordination.
- Understand the importance of meditation and visualization for athletes as a part of their yoga practice.
- Choose proper balance poses for improved strength and flexibility in the lower legs.
Based on the book of the same name written by Ryanne Cunningham, who has worked with some of the top names in sports, this course presents a full range of effective yoga training tools for athletes, weaving together exercises for stretching, strength building, flexibility, endurance, breathing, and balance. This combination offers an edge to the athlete and is a complement to any standard athletic training program.
The study guide includes a course syllabus, learning objectives, learning activities, and a referenced answer key. The study guide highlights the key concepts of the book in order to prepare individuals to pass the 50-question exam (composed of multiple-choice and true-or-false questions) at the end of the course.
Whether you work with amateur or professional athletes, a safe and effective yoga practice can enhance their current athletic performance and help them have long and healthy athletic careers.
Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:
A course for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, athletic trainers, fitness instructors, and other certified professionals.
Table of Contents
Learning With the Yoga for Athletes Book
Chapter 1 Why Do Yoga?
Chapter 2 Getting Started
Chapter 3 Warming Up
Chapter 4 Finding Your Base: Hips
Chapter 5 Staying Loose in the Legs: Hamstrings and Quadriceps
Chapter 6 Radiating Strength From the Center: Spine and Core
Chapter 7 Building Power at the Top: Shoulders, Arms, and Neck
Chapter 8 Waking Up Small Muscles: Balance Poses
Chapter 9 Cooling Down, Meditating, and Visualizing: In the Zone
Chapter 10 Football: Stretches for Every Position
Chapter 11 Running: More Than Legs
Chapter 12 Soccer: Bring Balance to the Workout
Chapter 13 Cycling: Free Tight Hips and a Stressed Upper Body
Chapter 14 Baseball and Softball: Guard Those Joints
Chapter 15 Swimming: Stretch the Shoulders and Back
Chapter 16 Tennis: Quick Bursts of Motion
Chapter 17 Basketball: Explosive Movement
Chapter 18 Golf: Lengthen and Rotate the Spine
Chapter 19 High-Intensity Training: Function and Power
Learning Activities Answer Key
Exam and Evaluation
Exam Answer Sheet
“Ryanne’s approach to yoga has made a dramatic difference in how I move, on and off the field. My muscles are looser, I recover more quickly, and I’m primed for game day.”
Randall Cobb-- Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
“Since I’ve started working with Ryanne, my improved flexibility, balance, and core strength have benefited my on-field performance and helped me avoid injury. Yoga for Athletes offers you the same benefits!”
Michael J. Neal II-- Linebacker, Green Bay Packers
“Practicing yoga with Ryanne has helped me enhance my athleticism, recovery, and focus so I can perform at a higher level during games. Through the practice of yoga I've found a part of the recipe for longevity in my profession.”
Tramon Williams-- Cornerback, Cleveland Browns
“I was intimidated by yoga because I felt that I wasn't flexible enough after a major ankle injury. Ryanne taught me about the connections between the mind and body, and her visualization and meditation techniques helped me boost my performance on and off the court. I will continue to practice and use those elements long after my athletic career ends.”
Keifer Sykes-- Austin Spurs, NBA Development League
“This book is well rounded, conveying what works and why it works in a way that’s applicable to all kinds of people. Cunningham has deep knowledge of yoga and impressive experience training athletes (including Green Bay Packers players), but her wisdom is also broad, covering massage, physiology, and more. Clear photos make the positions easy to emulate, and they portray a range of body types, many of them men’s. Medical diagrams, such as those of muscle groups, offer deeper understanding to promote safety along with good results.”