Yoga hits Washington baseball team

The Nation­als are my home town team so I guess I have to link to a story that appeared in the Wash­ing­ton Times:

It’s not a stretch to say yoga gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity with Nation­als “Stephen Stras­burg, Drew Storen and Bryce Harper also are among yoga devo­tees, with Harper and Storen big believ­ers in Espinosa’s pre­ferred Bikram yoga — a class that’s held in a room kept at 115 degrees.

Ryan Zim­mer­man, Jayson Werth and Steve Lom­bar­dozzi also par­tic­i­pated in a once-​​weekly class at Nation­als Park this off­sea­son with strength and con­di­tion­ing coach John Philbin and a pri­vate instructor.”

Each new sea­son of every sport, we get a fresh crop of sport news about a pro­fes­sional (uni­ver­sity or high school) ball player tak­ing up yoga to improve his/​her per­for­mance. It doesn’t mat­ter what sport. I turned the TV on the other evening and the Ten­nis Chan­nel was show­ing a fea­ture on a ten­nis camp that included “mind­ful­ness” in prac­ti­cally every instruc­tion to the trainees. The sci­ence is pilling up so high now that an ath­lete may actu­ally feel that not includ­ing yoga and related dis­ci­plines in a train­ing regime puts him/​her at a com­pet­i­tive disadvantage.