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The 3 Immediate Benefits of Yoga for Hockey Parents

06/23/2014, 6:15am PDT
By Kelvin Cech

How much time have you spent on YOU this week?

 

Prana is the universal principle of energy or force responsible for the body's life, heat and maintenance. Prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe. 

All the energy in the universe.

Sound familiar?

How often do you find yourself grasping for strength you just don’t have? Mental strength, physical strength - we all have moments we just can’t or don’t want to deal with. This is a simple reality of a busy life.

Right?

The only problem with accepting the fact you don’t have enough power to deal with your family, your job or your own health is that this acceptance quickly becomes reality. Driving your kids to the rink, picking them up, preparing pre-game meals and buying equipment are all important to your child’s experience in hockey.

So what about your experience in hockey?

Here are the 3 main benefits of yoga for hockey parents. 

1. De-Stressing: 

Yoga encourages you to live in the moment. Yoga allows you to leave your email, your phone and your to-do list behind. Life-pressure automatically fades away and you get to relax without trying. 

Stress is also eased because of the increase in physical and mental strength yoga delivers. Just being able to get up in the morning and get everybody going takes its toll. 

Yoga poses not only require dedication, they build muscle strength, balance and flexibility.

…3 elements anyone can use more of in their life, both literally and figuratively. 

2. Me-Time: 

An hour in a yoga studio is an hour that you’re truly, completely alone. 

Alone with your mind, your body and your soul. No one will interrupt the class asking for gatorade money and you won’t be asked to drive anyone anywhere or tie up skates.

Too busy? Think of it this way: an hour each week spent exclusively on yourself will give you more patience and understanding with your family. An hour of yoga is an investment in creating a better you, a you who can feel proud of the steps you’re taking to improve your health and mental wellness. 

3. Energy: 

Prana is the Sanskrit word for life-force. 

Prana-based yoga classes build energy because they're based on the natural rhythm of our breathing. Through each pose, proper breathing patterns increase oxygen flow through your bloodstream to your muscles and bones. This increased bloodflow pumps your body full of the natural ingredients needed for increased vitality and life-force.

If you could easily (and inexpensively) spend an hour investing in your body's life force, would you? 

Here’s 200 more Sanskrit terms. 

Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

A Negative Perspective:
Hockey takes its toll on more than just the players who strap on the gear. Losing ice time, getting released from teams and going through the grief of watching one’s peers enjoy success is often more taxing on the parents than the player. Investing energy back into yourself will help give you the strength to deal with these situations, which will in turn help your child deal with these situations. 

A Positive Perspective:
Earning more ice time, making the team and scoring a huge goal is an emotional release that can’t be duplicated by any other means. Yoga helps parents tap into the emotions of these bright moments so they shine just a little brighter. Yoga helps you focus on the positive elements of every situation.

All the energy in the universe - doesn’t sound so tough now, does it?

Whether you're a guest or a member, you can drop into these weekly yoga classes at the North Shore Winter Club:

  • Deep Stretch & Relaxation Fridays at 11:45am - 12:45pm
  • De-Stress Sundays 11:15am - 12:15pm

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