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Yoga for Athletes

Does yoga seem too easy?

Can yoga benefit your marathon, triathlon, or endurance ride training regimen?

Will yoga improve your competitive performance and lower your P.R.?

Yoga is for athletes.

Let Gen Yoga help you find the right class to elevate your performance.

Here's what yoga can do for you...

YOGA FOR CROSS-TRAINING

IF YOU NEED TO...

Challenge yourself physically and mentally while cross training

≫ Strengthen your core, develop great form, and put less stress on your joints

≫ Improve muscle balance and correct imbalances

Reduce your risk for injury

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Hot Pilates

Power Flow

Gen Strength

Vinyasa

YOGA FOR ACTIVE RECOVERY

IF YOU NEED TO...

≫ Move mindfully with mental clarity in order to improve your focus

≫ Stabilize your joints and increase your range of motion

Reduce aches, pains, and fatigue

≫ Improve body awareness and challenge your body to move in new ways

Recover from injury and rehabilitate your body

TRY

Vinyasa [1-2]

Slow Flow

Gentle Flow

VinYin

Hatha

YOGA FOR PASSIVE RECOVERY

IF YOU NEED TO...

≫ Manage your energy, recover your mind, and give your nervous system a reboot

≫ Strengthen your joints and connective tissues and promote tissue recovery

≫ Reduce the risk of injury and promote balance between intensity & recovery

Recover from injury and rehabilitate your body

TRY

Yin

Restorative

Urban Zen

NOW THAT YOU KNOW HOW BENEFICIAL YOGA CAN BE FOR YOU, BOOK A CLASS!

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Tam Vo — Gen Yoga athlete

Meet Tam

Tam is an active dad. Not only does he love playing with his kids, but he also includes boot camp, running, hiking, cycling, kickboxing, rock climbing, and solo/team endurance races into his lifestyle. Yoga gives him quicker recovery times, improved performance and prolonged endurance.

"quicker recovery times, improved performance and prolonged endurance"

 

Yoga is a fantastic complement to boot camp, running, hiking, cycling, kickboxing, rock climbing, and endurance races. Unlike other activities that focus on the body’s outward exertion, yoga helps me focus inwardly on my body’s needs and limits by stretching depleted muscles while simultaneously strengthening others and enhancing range of motion. This form of movement, body awareness and breathing has given me quicker recovery times, improved performance and prolonged endurance.

 

The benefits of yoga are not just physical. Yoga is an excellent active meditation that reconnects me to my hyperactive mind and neglected emotions. The mental aspect of my yoga practice has taught me to live in and enjoy the present moment, which has introduced me to wonderful people and experiences I never imagined possible.

 

So whether you’re a driven athlete, overworked human, or determined soon-to-be-former couch potato, yoga can change your life like it did for me. Gen Yoga’s studio is a beautifully peaceful space to practice and the instructors are passionate about enhancing your yoga journey.

Meet Shannon

Shannon is a busy professional who prioritizes fitness. But when pain and injury threatened to end her athletic career, she tried yoga instead of injections. Her pain lessened, and her injuries have healed. Here's Shannon's story:

"every athlete should incorporate yoga into their training"

 

I've always been active. I played soccer and softball in high school and started regularly running and doing other high intensity workouts in college. Despite working 80+ hour weeks, I ran 3 marathons during my OBGyn residency. A busy OBGyn practice and starting a family consumed the 2000-2009 but I still ran and did high intensity workouts and weight lifting.

 

As I approached 40, I started taking running more seriously, qualified 5 times for the Boston marathon, and ran it 3 times. I then started triathlons, completing multiple half and full distance Ironmans and found success very quickly, winning or placing in almost every competition I did and even becoming nationally ranked as an age grouper.

 

However, the high impact and repetitive use has taken a toll on my body and over the past 5 years or so, I’ve been plagued with chronic back pain and recurrent injuries that sideline me for 6 weeks at a time and forced me to cut back on my training overall. In January of 2018 I ran the Houston marathon and qualified for Boston but had severe back and knee pain most of the race. A few weeks later, I started training for Boston but had sudden severe knee pain that made it impossible to run. I was diagnosed with arthritis and degeneration and offered injections and meds. It seemed that my running life was over so I started looking for something else to do.

 

It was only then that I came to Gen Yoga. I couldn’t run at all and my husband had recently started here, loved it and I wasn’t interested in injections.

 

I loved it! I found myself getting stronger and stronger and more and more flexible. As a bonus, I found that after yoga, I felt a deep calmness and a lightening, very similar to the “runner’s high,” that I loved so much. I didn’t even miss the high intensity workouts that had occupied most of my life.

 

Gradually, other pains and injuries disappeared or dissipated. I had a high hamstring tendonopathy for probably 15 years that caused daily pain and limited range of motion—it completely resolved. Back pain lessened. I had recurrent calf strains and tears and plantar fasciitis that would require 6-8 weeks of rest with each injury—that went away as well. I couldn’t believe it. Where had yoga been my entire life?

 

Only four or five months later, I was running again, completely pain free! Just months before, I didn’t think I would ever run again but yoga made this possible. With that being said, I still cannot run as much, as fast or as far as I used to run. However, with just yoga and only running 3 days a week, I finished the Houston half-marathon this January, just several minutes off my personal best (which was run years earlier when I was in prime shape) and went on to finish the Boston marathon in April.

 

Every athlete should incorporate yoga into their training and those that already do are at a competitive advantage. Yoga provides full body strength and flexibility; it teaches proper breathing and focus; it prevents overuse injuries and helps heal ones that are already there.

YOGA IS FOR ATHLETES.

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