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Yoga for Athletes Winter 2024

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Designed for any and all athletes – both those who are currently on a team or those who are simply into being active – this course will help you enhance your performance by improving your flexibility, increasing your range of motion, and promoting mindfulness. Students will learn the core asanas (yoga poses) along with variations that work best for them. We’ll explore hip, hamstring and shoulder openers and we will move through a variety of yoga flow sequences. We’ll examine which kinds of stretches and poses benefit which sports, and we will promote a greater balance between the left and right sides of the body, which often become dissimilar through repeated movements on one side only. Yoga for Athletes is not “Athletic Yoga,” but a mindful way to bring more stretching and awareness into your daily activities so as to avoid injuries and promote overall health and well-being. There will be a course packet with required reading and students will be expected to keep a journal. At the end of the month, students will design a 30 minute yoga practice that is tailored to your particular sport and/or needs.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1353
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Presentation(s); Creative project(s)
Prerequisites: No prior yoga experience is required to take this course. If you currently have an injury and are unable to bear weight on your hands or on your feet, this probably isn't the right time for you to enroll in this course.
Enrollment Preferences: Please send me a brief email telling me why you would like to take this course, how you think it would benefit you, if you have had any previous experience with yoga, and if you have had any injuries.
Unit Notes: Mary Edgerton is a certified yoga teacher who has taught yoga at Williams College and elsewhere in Berkshire County for more than ten years. She has done specialized teaching at Kripalu in Yoga for Athletes.
Materials/Lab Fee: $80
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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