Yoga can improve concentration and create a state of relaxed mind where the player is open and clear in the present moment.
Soccer involves a lot or running and sprinting during the practice and during games. It's a very Yang-like activity, and soccer players are getting strength and training on a regular basis, especially in the leg muscles. Yoga practice can focus on preventing injuries, creating flexibility and to being the Yin side of life by offering space and a place of calm. The focus of a yoga practice for soccer players is mainly to improve the flexibility in the legs, hips and joints—especially the hips and the hamstrings where people tend to experience tightness.
Here are five beneficial yoga poses for soccer players:
1. ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA OR DOWNWARD FACING DOG
The Downward Facing Dog pose stretches the hamstrings and calves, as well as the shoulders. It also calms the nervous system.