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Basketball Meets Yoga

Jan 30, 2016 10:15AM
The Gallaudet University men’s basketball team had their first class at Bikram Yoga Ivy City Tuesday last month. This is a growing trend as Bikram yoga is becoming increasingly popular among athletes and sports enthusiasts. Practicing Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) is the only natural physical activity where participants gain energy, instead of losing it.

The Gallaudet Bisons participated in a one-hour power express class. Teacher David Galan, rose to the challenge of offering yoga to the deaf and hard of hearing community by demonstrating all of the postures in such a way to provide detailed instruction. Galan noted, “The Bisons are all so strong and flexible and they really demonstrated their athletic ability. Many of the players had such an incredibly strong practice. We look forward to many more classes with Gallaudet athletics.”

Working with athletes is one of the goals that practice owner, Kendra Blackett-Dibinga, set out to do when she founded her practice. She has created an athlete training program to restore, rebuild and heal the athlete body. According to Blackett-Dibinga, “Every athlete has the potential to enhance their ability in their chosen sport by incorporating a consistent yoga practice. Bikram yoga improves performance of the circulatory, muscular, skeletal, respiratory and nervous systems. Yoga trains the athlete's body to utilize multiple areas of the body thereby reversing compensatory patterns that arise from repetitive training regimens. Bikram yoga also improves the athlete's focus and concentration. Increased body awareness may help athletes become less injury prone.”

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