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Yoga for Athletes: Improve Performance In Any Sport

When first thinking of yoga, most people probably don’t think of a performance-enhancing activity that can be added to any training regime, but that is exactly what yoga has been for athletes for more than 5,000 years.

The Yoga Center of Collinsville has added three workshop dates just for athletes. Join one or more of these workshops scheduled for Saturdays (April 27, May 18, June 15, from 1 to 2:30pm). Lenora Toscano, certified yoga instructor (RYT200), avid runner, marathoner and triathlete, with years of running and riding experience combined with an active yoga practice, will lead each workshop as teacher and coach.

“I’ll dispel any misconceptions you have about yoga being soft or easy,” Toscano says, adding, “Yoga is a perfect training regime to improve your body’s core strength, conditioning, flexibility and symmetry to ensure your whole body is working at peak performance during your events. And for these 90 minutes, you can turn off your need to win or be the best.”
These workshops will combine energetic sequences that build strength and flexibility, and in between, participants will work on positions with coaching to help find and release hidden areas of tightness. Attendees will learn the basics of yoga and how it’s not only about stretching but also strengthening. There will be instruction on several key exercises that anyone can easily fit into an existing training routine and help prepare for the next event in any sport.

“Naturally, because this is yoga, I’ll teach you some really cool stuff about breathing and focus, which can help you in training and events,” says Toscano.

No previous yoga experience is required for the workshops, which are designed for runners, cyclists, triathletes and all recreational athletes who want to improve overall performance or who frequently experience aches and pains from training or workouts.

The workshops also present an opportunity for groups to schedule a run or ride on the beautiful rail trail along the Farmington River and into Collinsville. There are plenty of great places to get lunch before the workshop, but it is recommended that participants eat a light lunch and finish eating before noon to avoid barfing on the yoga mats.

Cost for each workshop is $22 by April 20 and $24 after. Three-session packages are available for additional savings. For more information, visit YogaCenterCollinsville.com or call 860-693-9642. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville.
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