STACK's Yoga for Athletes: The Perfect Warm-Up/Cool-Down

October 18, 2012

Must See Flexibility Videos

Yogi Rebecca Pacheco (meet Rebecca) kicks off STACK’s Yoga for Athletes series with the basics. Although her first routine is entitled “Yoga for Runners,” it is a perfect warm-up /cool-down for athletes in all sports.

Pacheco has helped amateur, Olympic and professional athletes improve their game and avoid injury with the movements in this sequence. Try it as a warm-up before your next game, and follow Rebecca on Facebook or Twitter for more great yoga routines for athletes.

Yoga Warm-Up/Cool-Down

Watch the video below for full workout instructions.

  • Start in Rag Doll or a forward-fold position with hips shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent
  • Walk back to Downward Dog
  • Lift one leg and begin to circle hip
  • Step to low lunge with Cat/Cow Tilts
  • Move forward to Half Pigeon
  • Step back to Downward Dog and forward to an IT Band Stretch
  • Roll to stand up and progress to a Side Body Stretch
  • Fold back to Rag Doll
  • Repeat on opposite side

 

Topics: WARM-UP | YOGA
Samantha Jones
- Samantha Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communication and information sciences. Throughout her scholastic career,...
Samantha Jones
- Samantha Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communication and information sciences. Throughout her scholastic career,...
Must See
Margus Hunt Benches 385 Pounds for Five Reps
Views: 20,391,867
Derrick Rose Explains How He Stays Positive
Views: 5,994,263
Abby Wambach Will Do Whatever It Takes
Views: 4,462,236

Featured Videos

A Day in the Life of NBA D-League Star Seth Curry Views: 69,070
Kevin Love's Cone Hop Basketball Shooting Drill Views: 9,456
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 133,452
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Perfect Dwyane Wade's Signature Euro Step
Views: 1,308,880
What Ryan Hall Eats for Breakfast
Views: 795,300
STACK Fitness Weekly: How To Do a Muscle-Up
Views: 778,676
Greg Nixon's Hill Training Program
Views: 705,782
Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift
Views: 1,561,942

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

3 Yoga Twists to Keep You on the Field and Improve Your Game

Yoga twistsBack pain is a popular reason for bench warming. Low-back issues abound with athletes across all sports. There are numerous reasons athletes...

How to Fix 4 Common Tight Areas in Your Body

Go the Distance With This Baseball Yoga Warm-Up

Why You Shouldn't Stretch 24 Hours Before a Game

3 Exercises That Fix Common Baseball Hip Mobility Issues

How Hockey Goalies Can Get More Flexible for a Better Butterfly

Animal Flow Scorpion Reach for Injury Prevention

Mobility Training for Hockey Goalies

Build a More Powerful Golf Swing With These Mobility Drills

Reducing Tight Hamstrings without Stretching for Hockey Players

Best Exercises for Improving Joint Mobility

Are Tight Hips Slowing You Down?

The Ultimate Pitcher's Warm-Up: 4 Shoulder Exercises with Bands

Improve Your Balance with Stability Ball Exercises

Increase Your Flexibility Without Stretching

3 Tips To Make Your Stretching Routine More Effective

Dynamic Warm-Up Exercises Done the Right Way

Optimizing Energy Transfer in Your Lacrosse Shot

The Yoga Warm-Up for Basketball Players

Dynamic Warm-Up Exercises for a Safe, Effective Workout

6 Thoracic Spine Exercises to Improve Mobility

The Importance of Recovery Workouts

Why and When You Need to Change Your Pre-Game Warm-Up Routine

Fundamentals of a Pre-Workout Warm-Up

Dig Like a Pro: Exercises for Volleyball Mobility

Pre-Workout Warm-Up Steps You Can't Afford to Skip

Find Your Effective Pregame Basketball Warm-Up

You're Doing It Wrong: The Warm-Up

Green Bay Packers Discover Football's Fountain of Youth

Improve Your Squat With 6 At-Home Hip Flexor Mobility Exercises

These 9 Exercises Will Improve Your Hip Mobility

The Most Important Muscle You've Never Heard Of

Balance Exercises That Are Game-Changers

How to Release Muscle Knots and Trigger Points

Stay Pain-Free With These Advanced Stretches

The Best Stretching Exercise for You

Must-Have Additions to Your Baseball Stretching Routine

Flexibility for Cross Country From the Ground Up

Add Warrior Poses to Your In-Season Training