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Yoga builds endurance, improves focus and strengthens key muscles used in many sports from golf to football. Many sports activities are dominant on one side of the body due to specific movements and joint loading which can create musculoskeletal imbalances that, over time, could cause injury. Yoga improves body mechanics, restores balance, improves flexibility and joint range of motion thereby reducing injury and enhancing muscle performance. Yoga aids recovery by gently circulating lactic acid and releasing myofascial tissue. Regular practitioners notice improved sleep patterns, providing deep rest which is critical for athletic performance.

Pranayama exercises enhance breath mechanics improving diaphragm and intercostal breathing, particularly important for athletes practicing aerobic-based sports. Such breathing techniques coupled with visualisation and guided relaxation can help with event preparation as well as stress and anxiety reduction.

Ryan Giggs, who continues to play football at the highest level as he approaches his 40th birthday, is a huge advocate of the benefits of yoga and a great example of how regular, daily practice can help your body reach and maintain optimal levels of performance.

Firefly Yoga creates bespoke yoga sessions suitable for all level of fitness, modifying sequences depending on the level of ability.

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Serena Williams leads a Dynamic Yoga class in NYC to promote her limited-edition Nike Women’s Air Max Trainer One cross trainer.

Jamie Carragher practices a wobbly Dhanurasana (Standing Bow pose) and Marjaryasana (Cat pose) with the Liverpool squad as a key part of their training regime.

England Rugby League Squad do Yoga as a form of match recovery & soft tissue/collagen fibre rehabilitation with Yoga instructor Nisha Srivastava at Loughborough University Campus.