Although Sasha Cohen failed to make the US Womens Figure Skating Olympic Team by finishing 4th at this past weekend's national championships (well, technically she is the second alternate), the one thing she brought to the competition was extreme grace and flexibility. In addition to her ice skating training, Sasha has years of ballet experience and in the past three years she has added yoga to her list of off-ice training methods.
One of the benefits of yoga according to Sasha is injury prevention thanks to the additional core strength and increased flexibility she has gotten from yoga training. She says she does yoga 4-5 days a week whether she is traveling or not.
If you are interested in incorporating yoga in your conditioning program or just giving it a try, check out any of these DVDs for a start:
- The Athlete's Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, and Focus
- The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus
- Yoga For Families: Connect With Your Kids
What's your workout plan for today?