Athletes and Iyengar

Iyengar teachers have a well-developed eye. They'll observe and work closely with each student to individualise corrections. They adjust everyone according to their needs, injuries and body types. For runners and athletes who really take a toll on themselves, physically, the individual attention to your particular alignment and muscle intelligence is the bodywork you need.
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Athletes are now appreciating how yoga can help improve sporting performance. Regular yoga practice can benefit you in the following ways:

  • Reducing injuries
  • Removal of  lactic acid
  • Breath awareness and control
  • Mental focus
  • Stamina
  • Flexibility
The Iyengar method is commonly used by sports people for avoidance and treatment of injuries, improved stamina, flexibility and mental concentration.
Manchester United football club have weekly Iyengar classes, both the first team and youth team have been using the classes since 2003.
The English Cricketers also use Iyengar teachers and the players who commit to yoga have noticed they suffer fewer injuries and tend to recover quickly if they do sustain an injury.
Rugby clubs including New Zealand club now have regular yoga classes.