O’Neill 365 Icon Kathryn Lorusso loves Bikram Yoga, counsels teenagers during the week and helps people change their diets with plant based cooking classes on the weekends, plus so much more! Enjoy this blog from Kathryn as she talks about her experience incorporating Bikram Yoga (better known as hot yoga) into a high school football teams workout regimen:
“Have you been telling yourself you’re too “big/heavy/out of shape/weak/uncoordinated” to try yoga? What visuals float around in your mind when you think of yogis, anyhow? Long, lean, lithe individuals who are super flexy and can contort their bodies into pretzels while smiling the whole time?
Think again! I recently had the opportunity to teach 60 high school football players hot yoga and all of the urban legends about yoga dissolved. These were not just average teenage muscle machines. The group also included a large sampling of Tongan (Pacific Island) students who generally weigh upwards of 300 pounds! Tongan students are an integral part of Trinity High School’s national championship football team so Coach Steve Lineweaver wanted to make sure they were flexible enough to get through the season without multiple injuries. Hot yoga was the answer.
First, I heated the gymnastics gym to 90 degrees and then invited 30 players in at a time. I explained how “a healthy spine equals a healthy life” and that the yoga we would be doing all season long was going to keep them pliable and less likely to get hurt. Their eyes got bigger when I told them how superstar athletes like Kareem Abdul Jabar and San Antonio Spurs defender Bruce Bowen improve their endurance with hot yoga as well as a long list of celebrities such as Madonna, Jenny McCarthy, Jennifer Aniston, GeorgeClooney and David Beckham.
I heard lots of grunting and heavy breathing but there was also laughter and happy shouts when someone managed a posture correctly. One of our star running backs got right into Camel and the whole room looked at his bowed spine and hands clasped to his heels with awe. They were inspired and started asking for harder and harder poses.
When Channel 5 interviewed them after class, they said they were amazed at how much energy they had and how good their bodies felt. They had their first scrimmage the day before and were thankful they could stretch their tired muscles out. I’ll be teaching a class on Saturday mornings after most games this year and am looking forward to showing these BIG athletes what their bodies can truly do.
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Check out the video and then ask yourself, “What are YOU really capable of?” Lose the negative self talk and realize you are STRONG and able to do amazing things. Your body is waiting for the opportunity…”
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