By: Sajeedah Jones (SJ)
Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, basketball and music were a large part of my life. My Dad coached my brothers and sisters as well as myself. These are some of my earliest and fondest memories. My uncle, Coach Wilson owned and operated the largest basketball development program in Alaska. I have another uncle, "Muff Butler;" who was the first person from Alaska to enter the NBA draft.
I've been around sports my entire life!
When I began my yoga practice 14 years ago I always loved how yoga felt after completing an intense workout or a hard run. So, when I finally decided to get my 200 hr. certification, my love for the game was front and center in my mind.
After my 200 hr certification, I completed my "Yoga for Athletes Certification," allowing me to bring my two loves (yoga and athletics) together.
I've long understood an athlete is essentially a masterpiece developed through a lifetime of building the body and mind to compete on the highest level.
I say it all of the time, “I don’t teach Yoga To Athletes! I teach Yoga FOR Athletes."
Although yoga for athletes is a long term commitment some of the benefits are:
- Injury Prevention
- Increased ROM
- Strength and Flexibility
- A General Sense of Well-Being
All of these are essential in order to get the most out of the game of life on and off the court.
CJ Watson from the Orlando Magic is an advocate for yoga for athletes and so why not give it a try to complement your exercises or sports!
“Whenever my team plays in Charlotte I always make it a point to schedule a yoga session with SJ. SJ has a unique understanding of my body as an athlete and how to complement my game through yoga. She tailors each session to how I'm feeling and so I won't be to sore before a game. I always leave her feeling more flexible, relaxed and ready to play.” -CJ Watson, Orlando Magic
On July 4th, I am teaching for the first time at YOT!
I hope you all will join me for a fun time filled with positive energy, a live DJ and BEER.
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