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Shelley Charlton

Auckland, New Zealand

Yoga Sports Coach™

YSS Graduation Date:  August 2013

I have been practising yoga since 1999 and within a couple of years I started teaching yoga to fellow military aircrew. In 2006 the Royal Air Force paid for my Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Alliance (200hrs) and I continued with regular classes until I retired in 2010. After having suffered from knee and shoulder injuries and creating my own personal rehabilitation programmes, I realised there was more to yoga than just flexibility and relaxation. I searched for a course that would explain HOW and WHY yoga brings about physiological changes in the body and I finally found what I was looking for with Yoga Sport Science®.


YSS Case Study Research:  Rugby


Can a Rugby Player improve Movement Efficiency within 10 weeks with the assistance from a Yoga Sports Coach?


Objective:  To improve speed, agility, strength and execution of a more dynamic release by setting up the correct sequential muscle activation. 


Athlete Profile:  Case study athlete was a 21 year old male rugby player hoping to play professionally in the future.


Results: The athlete not only felt “freer” and “less laboured” in movement but he also improved his endurance, recovery time and remained free of injury throughout the season.


Conclusion: Yoga is not an overnight fix. However, once the improvements start, they increase exponentially. It’s like compound interest on a savings account. And sport-specific yoga is the greatest investment an athlete can make! 



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