When I visit the UNC men’s basketball team to teach yoga, we make a lot of jokes about napping. Players can fall asleep on a dime; last summer, one of the freshmen fell asleep in legs up the wall and stayed there all the way through the closing. Several former players, now professionals, come back to Chapel Hill to train in the summer, and a few of them sat in on yesterday’s yoga class. Sure enough, one of them, a ten-year NBA veteran, slept through the entire close of practice, much to everyone else’s delight.
After class, I told him that if he falls asleep in a three-minute savasana, he might want to focus on getting more sleep every day. “I work so hard,” he lamented.
Remember, friends: taking care of your recovery is a critical part of your work, and it grows more important the more serious you are about your sport. Getting sufficient sleep is probably the number 1 tool for recovery and better performance. It’s free, always available, and extremely powerful.
I hope you're staying centered and calm (enough) this week! Yoga can help a lot. For many years, I've been amassing an extensive library of online classes for students of any amount of experience and continuing education courses for yoga teachers, so if you find yourself in need of some at-home de-stressing or something to do while your kids take their own online courses, here are some suggestions—and a few special deals.
My newest video available at Yoga Vibes is a short restorative practice well worth thirty minutes of your time. Gather your props, put on your favorite relaxing music, and settle in and down.
If you've been teaching online or if you're considering getting started, you might have looked at the hundreds of professionally produced videos already available and asked yourself, "Who would want to watch ME over this?" The answer: the people who will connect with you for who you are: you, uniquely you.