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Ayurveda & Yoga for Athletes

Today is a very special day for us at ACEBE because we are launching a new initiative, 'Ayurveda and Yoga for Athletes,' and we are doing it with a free kick-off presentation on February 1st via Zoom. Anyone interested in learning more about what these two systems can bring to the lives of high performers is more than welcome to join! We'll be following this presentation with weekly live-streamed Yoga4Athletes classes that you can sign up for here!.

Whether you're a runner, cyclist, basketball, tennis, or golf player, a member of your national team, or simply a high performer trying daily to get the best results, Ayurveda and Yoga can help you. Their combined time-tested wisdom and precise methods can help any athlete out there stay balanced and healthy so they can perform at their best.

We've been preparing for this moment for months, trying to come up with the best way to put to use all the knowledge and expertise we've gathered in these fields over the past few years, so that we can really make an impact on the lives of high performers. And we believe that, from our first tentative entry on Yoga for Athletes in February 2018, we have come a long way! As Certified Tantric Hatha Yoga Teachers and Ayurveda Consultants, we are now fully equipped with a vast array of tools and methods to guide athletes to full health even in the face of often strenuous training.

For Athletes, From Athletes

Indeed, the habits and needs of an athlete differ greatly from those of so-called 'normal' individuals, and this is a piece of wisdom we know from personal experience. During his Pro career as a 400 meter runner, Jonas had plenty of opportunities to realise the very specific nature of the problems most athletes tend to face throughout their career. Athletes tend to push their bodies to the limit in search of an inch of advantage; which requires a great deal of consideration when it comes to thinking about such things as nutrition, regeneration, relaxation, and/or even recovering from injury.

Because of the intensity (and length) of their training, athletes are naturally more prone to imbalance. As part of their specialization, they over-prepare to excel at certain tasks ––moving certain groups of muscles really fast, performing certain routines really skilfully over and over again–– at the expense of under-preparing or overlooking pretty much anything that may be superfluous or unnecessary to perform that task.

But this also means that, because of the way in which they're expected to perform a certain task so often, so repetitively (running, swimming, or cycling, for example, several tens of kilometres a week) they are more prone to experiencing pain, soreness, and injury. They need to pay extra attention to how, what, and when they eat, sleep, work, and train.

Ayurveda and Yoga base their entire portfolio of methods and recommendations on wise administration. That is, as Yoga teachers and Ayurvedic Consultants, we are not supposed to prescribe the same protocols of movement, diet, massage or meditation to just about everyone all year round. There is a great deal of individualization when it comes to approaching the manifestations of the same kind of problem on different individuals.

Working with personalized nutrition, the use of specific medicinal herbs, coming up with the most suitable daily and seasonal routine, as well as by tailoring the type bodywork we do depending on our Ayurvedic constitution (Prakruti) and mental orientation can prove incredibly effective when trying to land a new personal best. Indeed, athletes have the highest potential of noticing even the most infinitesimal of improvements by applying the wisdomof Ayurveda and Yoga.

Learning which of our habits and routines are benefiting or damaging to our performance can help us avoid injury, speed up the regeneration and recovery process, as well as reach our goals in top condition.

So if you want to find out more about what Ayurveda and Yoga can do for Athletes, check our event and sign up for our free presentation on Feb. 1st and get ready for an incredible season!