Yoga for Athletes: A 60-Minute, All Levels Class

Beginner II

Join Michelle in this all-levels yoga class where she takes you through a series of highly effective strengthening and stretching exercises that are key to the demands of an elite athlete, no matter what sport you are involved in. This class may be what you're missing in your training regime!

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akulczyk
akulczyk
November 18, 2021
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5
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not a traditional yoga class, but a FANTASTIC mobility class! I recommend this to everyone who "knows they need to stretch but doesn't like yoga".
I especially find the arm and ankle work helpful...two areas that often don't get the TLC they need!

Ninambug
Ninambug
January 21, 2021
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What a perfect class! I almost felt this was a "physical therapy" class designed to stretch AND strengthen at the same time, testing the foundation of your strength and finding your flexibility. With these practical cues, Michelle leads you as she breaks it down into understandable, valuable instruction .
I will be doing this class often.

Teresa B
Teresa B
May 20, 2020
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This class was just what I needed. I am a small scale farmer and this is the toughest part of the season, prepping beds, planting etc with only hand tools and my body feels wrecked. This was excellent. I appreciate Michelle's micro adjustments to poses I thought I knew well. Helped me push them to a deeper stretch. Thank you!

debkiger
debkiger
May 11, 2020
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I’ve done this class about 150+ times in the last 7 years. It’s fantastic for overall stretching and joint strengthening. The matching of breath and movement is well-guided. And I will offer that it can be as easy or as challenging as an individual yogi chooses to make it. It is NOT an athletic-type “workout,” but it is absolutely a great practice for athletes of all types.

edi
edi
April 25, 2020
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Pretty good. Like a comment above somewhere, this sequence is good for dancers. Specially now during the pandemic (it's late April 2020).

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
May 28, 2018
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I usually watch videos before practicing and don’t get the criticism. This class looks great and as an athlete I plan on practicing this class often. Maybe if I had incorporated these stretches into my routine years ago, I wouldn’t be suffering the aches and pains and plantar fasciitis I have now. Looking forward to this class tomorrow morning!

lec
lec
September 16, 2017
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Good after dance class, too!

spopdan
spopdan
March 7, 2017
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Thank you so much! My ankles, knees, and hips feel wonderful!!

awa
awa
March 5, 2017
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This is a nice and calm relaxing class AFTER sports with more stretching than strengthening and veeery long Savasana.
Maybe the description hast to be adapted - then my expectation would have been different :o)

ddzwalker
ddzwalker
February 4, 2017
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It sounded almost like she was reading off of a script. Stretches were ok---glad I gave it a chance but won't do this one again and Savasana was way too long

clairenaliboff
clairenaliboff
September 30, 2016
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Loved this one! I am a tennis player and can see how this will be beneficial!

cametrac
cametrac
June 11, 2016
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I recently had foot surgery and am not allowed to weight bare for 12 weeks. Once my doctor gave me the okay to begin activity I found this class. It was perfect (I made some slight modifications as I can not place my casted foot flat on the ground or put any weight on it). I am a half marathoner who regularly practices yoga twice per week. I have been so lost doing nothing but keeping my foot elevated. I will be doing this class on a regular basis until I have permission to begin more active pursuits again.

HeidiTrout
HeidiTrout
April 17, 2016
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Great stretching poses at a good pace. Relaxing and rejuvenating. Thanks!

ACHYOGA
ACHYOGA
April 6, 2016
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Definately wasn't what I expected. I changed a LOT poses as this class does not cater to athletes.

meganafallon
meganafallon
September 29, 2014
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As an athlete, this was definitely not worth it. It was very slow moving, never left the floor and more of some easy stretching than anything. Would not recommend for anyone trying to get in even the littlest amount of work, maybe more appropriate for a cool down after an intense run/work out.

jmthey
jmthey
October 9, 2013
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My favorite part was Dez's face when she kept almost hitting herself in the face while doing elbow circles :p All in all a nice video, though.

Lindagun1
Lindagun1
September 7, 2013
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This class was more of a warm-up and/or a cool-down, but there was no middle part. I too would consider this more pilates and just gentle stretching, than I would yoga. Everything was from a seated position. There was never a point of strengthening or heart rate increasing poses -- just mild stretching.

courtneydhoffman
courtneydhoffman
August 15, 2013
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While the class was a good stretch and the instructor was wonderful, I was disappointed. This is closer to pilates in feeling than yoga. I definitely recommend recategorizing it so that people aren't misled in the future.

Kaoya
Kaoya
August 10, 2013
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Thank you Michelle, great video !

I just have a little question, though... I am a runner and run four days a week. When would you advise me to do this class? Just before/after my runs, or on the days I don't run?

Thank you very much for all the great videos ! (the mogul muncher is now part of my post-run routine, as it makes post-run minor knee pain disappear for me)

MichelleYoga.com
MichelleYoga.com
August 27, 2013
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Hey Kaoya

This class works great before or after a run...
I personally find mogal muncher ( video ) as a pre run joint stabilizer followed by this video post run release to be the absolute best combo.

:) Michelle

ATV4Y
ATV4Y
July 2, 2013
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Even though I'm younger then 20, I've always had this annoying habit of stressing out and tensing up over the little stuff. Tests, work, family -- you name it. And after spending years looking for the right exercise that'll give me strength, tone, and flexibility while going my own comfortable speed I've finally found one that works!

Also -- I recommended this for my boyfriend who is unable to go to Physical Therapy after having knee surgery. I think it's perfect for him as well.

lisaj
lisaj
June 1, 2013
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Thanks, I loved this. I normally love the more fast paced athletic classes too but I also run 6 or 7 days a week and so sometimes my ankles hurt too much for standing sequences. This is perfect as there are no standing poses. Its great after a run, when your focus is all over the place and balancing is more of a struggle. It works on the shoulders, hips, legs, feet and wrists - my upper back and neck feels a little better too. I would also suggest this to non sporty, first time yogis too and people who sit at desks. Thanks x

Comrad3
Comrad3
November 4, 2012
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Great video, amazing teacher, great modifications... but not what I expected. I was hoping for a full body intense workout but it was more focused on stretches. 4/5, great video though!

rcaruso03
rcaruso03
September 24, 2012
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Great instruction for shoulders & seated work but i expected bigger multi muscle "athletic" movements like a warrior series and more standing poses. Perhaps renaming it could help it find a crowd who may enjoy it?

dinajo26
dinajo26
September 19, 2012
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I love yoga! It was very clear and easy to follow along without having to watch the screen the entire time. This class was just what I needed for my ITB dysfunction and lower back pain. I am a runner and up until now I have not found effective stretches to really loosen up before and after my runs. I want my whole family to do yoga now! Thank you=)

jhussey
jhussey
July 27, 2012
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Michelle makes me smile with every time I do one of them, and I do them as much as I can. Thank you Michelle and thanks to DoYogaWithMe for this entire website.

aud_yoga
aud_yoga
July 21, 2012
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I loved the clear instructions, and the options to make it more challenging or more basic. Very good for strengthening. This is not a class that makes you sweat, but it challenges the muscles and builds strength.

doilyglove
doilyglove
June 21, 2012
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Class is mostly floor work and not what I was expecting. However, be warned--you will be working lots of muscles you don't normally access like hip flexors and foot muscles. Instructor is very light and reminds you to only practice, but I have been sore for two days.

That being said--I'll be doing this session again.

lady zee
lady zee
September 17, 2011
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I was expecting more poses like Warrior and the Triangle but this class was still effective. I felt my muscles working and experienced a lot of releases with each stretch.

MichelleYoga.com
MichelleYoga.com
September 21, 2011
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Glad you enjoyed the class...
Often new students, especially athletes are often to tight to do the standing poses such as triangle and warrior correctly, run the risk of injuring themselves with incorrect alignment. This style of class is designed to allow all individuals and opportunity to safely open their bodies as a form of maintenance and preparation for more advanced poses. However it is a challenge for even my most advanced students and helps them excel further in the more advances asana.

doilyglove
doilyglove
June 22, 2012
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You're right! A lot of athletes really are tight--never thought of that. You must have a lot of success with floor poses for athletes then.

Great!

Thank you for the beautiful class. You're gonna get my hip flexors in rad shape.

Ceridwen
Ceridwen
September 6, 2011
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This video wasn't quite what I expected, but I felt that it really helped stretch and strengthen some of the little muscles I usually forget about. I thought the instruction was very thorough.