Yoga for Sports
This weekend, 13th – 14th January 2018, I attended ‘Yoga for Sports’, a CPD course for yoga teachers. It was led by Corrie McCallum from Yoga London and for some attendees it was part of their 500 hours teacher training, for others, myself included, it was a standalone training course we took either out of professional interest or personal curiosity. For me it was both.
One would think we did lots of physical practice, stretched our bodies in all different directions, developed interesting sequences for stiff athletes, delved into discussions as to how to improve their postures, but the weekend was full of stuff I didn’t even think about when booking it. Yes, we did a couple of short workshops, one for core and one for general strengthening, we devoted a couple of hours to acro/partner yoga (an interesting approach to team building!), but otherwise we listened, talked and brainstormed.
We covered loads: from basics of sports psychology, the notion of success, desired mental qualities of an athlete, fascia and asymmetry in a human body, to applying yoga philosophy when teaching yoga to professional sportsmen.
It was an information-packed weekend, which I enjoyed very much. I don’t think that any of my current students are playing sports on a competitive level, but there’s no doubt I’ll be able to use some of the knowledge in my classes as well as in my own practice.
My favourite quotes from the weekend:
‘Stop thinking of posture as a correct position and instead as a dynamic and fluid balancing act.’
‘Asymmetry in body is necessary.’
‘Training core heavily is a myth.’
‘Passive stretching just before a race/match will decrease one’s performance.’
‘Everything needs equal attention.’
‘There is no such thing as a good posture, but there is always a correct posture for whatever your body needs to do.’