Yoga + Basketball: Pro Basketball Players Who Practice Yoga

Yoga + Basketball: Pro Basketball Players Who Practice Yoga

Although many men may still think of yoga as something for women only, it is fast catching on with pro basketball players and male athletes! Check out this list of some of the all time greats who practice yoga regularly and consider yoga essential to their success on the basketball court.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

20 years in pro basketball. (Many consider Abdul-Jabbar to be the greatest center, maybe the greatest player, in basketball history) “There is no way I could have played as long as I did without yoga. My friends and teammates think I made a deal with the devil. But it was yoga that made my training complete,” he says.

Shaquielle O’Neal

“I’m the worst yoga student in the history of yoga,” says O’Neal. Still has a special mat being made for his gigantic frame and liked the heat and purifying effects of the practice. To read the article CLICK HERE .

Antawn Jamis

Although he first admits he thought of yoga as “feminine”, Antawn began to appreciate yoga when he noticed less wear and tear on his body from regular practice. Watch him talk about the benefits of yoga practice and do some yoga here on YouTube
Kevin Garnett

NBA superstar “I’ve been doing yoga since 1995, and I practice my breathing and focusing exercises before every game.”

LeBron James

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me,” James said. “You do have to focus because there’s some positions that can really hurt you at times if you aren’t focused and breathing right.” He says that yoga has really helped his back, and he finds the practice mentally challenging. Read more about what some of his favorite poses are HERE WATCH LEBRON TEACH KIDS YOGA HERE

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