Why Athletes Who Practice Yoga May Have the Advantage This Olympics

More than 10,000 athletes will be competing at the Olympic Games in Rio this Summer and 4,000 in the Paralympics. The Olympic Games consists of 42 Sports with 306 events over 19 intense days. 136 women will be awarded medals, 161 men and nine mixed medals. But how many of the athletes that make the podium will have included yoga into their strength and conditioning training?

There are of course many factors involved in what makes an athlete an Olympian, but those athletes that have applied sports-specific yoga regularly into their training will have the advantage of drawing on resources that their opponents may not have.

Here are 5 examples of the less obvious ways in which sports-specific yoga gives athletes the advantage: