If you think yoga isn't for you, look to basketball stars Blake Griffin and Dirk Nowitzki. They're just a couple of the big names that trained with yoga coach Kent Katich to improve their strength, balance, and flexibility, while reducing injuries. And the same principles that help the world's top athletes gain an edge also work for any amateur athlete, says Katich, whether they're aiming for a faster 5K, harder tennis serve, or slimmer waist.
Katich's method doesn't require marathon sessions. Eight basic poses can make a difference when it comes to how you look, feel, and perform, says Katich, who just released two new Athletic Yoga workouts with Gaiam staring NFL great Eddie George and NBA star Kevin Love.
Here, Katich shares the eight poses you need to boost your performance. "These moves are very efficient and target everything in a short period of time," says Katich. "There is no wasted time or energy." He recommends spending 20 minutes a day, three times per week doing the following sequence. Hold each pose for 30-45 seconds and repeat three times, eventually working your holds up to one minute each.