Yoga and the athlete : a building block for success : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
"The practice of yoga creates an awareness of our physical body that will enhance those movements inherent in the sports we choose to do ... It can provide a foundation for a healthy training program at any level." These are the words of Dr. Douglas Hoffman, a family practitioner and athlete who practices yoga himself. His words and ideas are the basis for my Honors Thesis.In this paper I plan to give a basic overview of some of the more popular types and philosophies of yoga. I also plan to relate how Hatha Yoga can positively affect the performance of an athlete. I will cite some case studies that support the use of yoga in combination with athletic conditioning, which enhances the mental concentration, ability and overall performance of the athlete and/or team.