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forathletes2010-07-04 16:27:08 +0000 #1
My son is an aspiring pro mountain biker.

Of course, he is aerobically at a high level, but he has had some problems with muscles tightening up in races, not cramping, but just becoming too tight, especially in the legs, buttocks and lower back.

This results in loss of power.

His chiropractor recommended Yoga as a possibility. I know nothing about Yoga, but there appear to be several types.

Is there a particular form of Yoga that would be good for someone who simply wants to increase flexibility as an athlete?

He is not interested in the philosophical/spiritual/meditation aspects as he has those areas well covered. But he does need a program he can use to achieve and maintain optimum muscle/skeletal conditioning. Appreciate any advice. David
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 16:31:00 +0000 #2

He is not interested in the philosophical/spiritual/meditation aspects

Based on the above sentence your son would be fine in a simple "stretching" class. It is also possible some of the local Strength Trainers (please use one that is certified) could spend two sessions with him and go through several routines he could do at home.

Yoga is not yoga without its vast body of wisdom backing it up. And I'm fairly certain that M.D.'s (or D.C.'s in this case) who recommend "yoga" are actually recommending asana, the postures.

However, if your son wants to practice the postures, do so with a balance between effect and safety (such that he progresses in the physical body AND does not do damage either in the moment or over time) then a well trained teacher is called for.
forathletes2010-07-04 16:38:41 +0000 #3
Yes, I think your analysis is quite correct. Stretching or "practicing the postures" is what he is looking for. But I know little about Yoga and I can see how "dissecting" it for a particular, narrow purpose might be viewed as offensive and this I would understand completely. Thanks for your advice.



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