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Yoga for Athletes Print CE Course

Yoga for Athletes Print CE Course

$99.00 USD

Product Format

    Course components are delivered as printed products:

    • Yoga for Athletes book
    • Study guide
    • 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.

    Learning Objectives

    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.


    A course for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, athletic trainers, fitness instructors, and other certified professionals.

    Course Syllabus

    Course Materials

    Course Instructions

    Learning Objectives

    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


    Course Evaluation

    Certificate Information

    Ryanne Cunningham, RYT 200, RYT 500, is a longtime resident of the Green Bay area. She operates Flow Yoga Studio, where she has trained Randall Cobb, Tramon Williams, B.J. Raji, Jarrett Bush, Mike Neal, Andy Mulumba, and other professional football players, as well as athletes from many other sports in both group and private yoga sessions. Cunningham obtained her 500-hour RYT Advanced Teacher Training certification in 2012 through a yoga center in Green Bay, where she has practiced and taught since 2002. She earned her 200-hour RYT in 2002 at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia, and holds a Power Yoga for Sports certification.

    Since 2002 Cunningham has owned and operated Advanced Massage Therapy. Her education in massage therapy covered topics such as human anatomy, biology, and kinesiology, which she uses in her yoga teachings and practices. She uses her personal experience in sports and fitness to teach students proper stretching and alignment, which benefit all yoga students.

    Cunningham has been featured in numerous national and local publications, including Yoga Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Mantra Magazine.

    Quotes for Yoga for Athletes by Ryanne Cunningham

    “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.”
    —Foreword Reviews