Yoga and the athlete : a building block for success : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Middlemas, Sarah J.
Birkel, Dee A.
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Thesis (B.S.)
Honors College
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"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.