5 Big Benefits of Yoga for Basketball Players

STACK's Exec Editor Brian Sabin enumerates five outstanding benefits of yoga for basketball players.

If you think yoga is just for lithe women in stretch pants, think again. Many of the NBA's best players—including Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and LeBron James—practice yoga to help their performance on the court and their health away from it."My business is my body," Love said. "I thought that yoga would be a great way to make my body feel better, so I've integrated it into my workouts."

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Love credits yoga with helping him get leaner and improving his game. During the off-season, he performs hour-long yoga sessions two to three times per week under the guidance of instructor Kent Katich, a former basketball player himself, at the University of South Dakota and professionally overseas.

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