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The Benefits of Yoga

Most men walk past the yoga class in the gym without giving it a second thought. But there are benefits to doing yoga on a regular basis can do more than increase your flexibility, strength, and length your muscles.  Even some of today’s top NFL players practice some form or yoga like defensive back Brett Lockett.

“My offseason training and diet program is very regimented,” says New York Jets defensive back Brett Lockett, who has also played for the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. “I work out four to five days a week and mix it up with CrossFit, weight training, boxing, field work and Bikram yoga, which helps tremendously with not only my flexibility, but also my positive thinking.”

Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Bikram Yoga System, which became popular in the early 1970s. All classes run 90 minutes and the participants will perform a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. But the kicker is that the room is heated to the extreme and also includes high humidity.

“It ranges anywhere from 95 to 120 degrees and that allows you to sweat out all the negative toxins in your body,” explains Lockett. “I do it at least once, if not twice, every week and it has turned my life around as an athlete from not only a physical standpoint, but a mental one, as well.”

Superbowl winning coach Pete Carroll incorporates yoga and mediation into the Seahawks training program. Quarterback Russell Wilson, who schedules individual weekly sessions with Gervais. “We do imagery work and talk about having that innovative mindset of being special,” Wilson says. “We talk about being in the moment and increasing chaos throughout practice, so when I go into the game, everything is relaxed.”

Read on to see more benefits of yoga.

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