Train like Team USA with mind-body connections for athletic performance, holiday season survival, and other endurance activities. This 75-minute session will draw on strategies from yoga, sport psychology, and thai yoga massage to draw attention to sensations of strength throughout the body and to create sensations of deep relaxation throughout body and mind. We will use imagery and visualization, yoga asana, Hanna somatics, and relaxation techniques from yoga and sport psychology in ways that will challenge all bodies, all abilities, and all fitness levels. It’s possible to participate fully in this practice sitting, standing, or laying.
All proceeds from this class go to direct athlete support for Team USA Wheelchair Rugby in their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Team USA Wheelchair Rugby trains in Birmingham, Alabama at the Lakeshore Foundation Paralympic Training Site. Direct Athlete Support funds defray of training costs not covered by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Commission (USOPC), including daily nutrition and recovery needs, athletic training gear including tires, gloves, tape, tire tubes, and everyday medical supplies.
More about Meg:
Margaret Smith is the sport psychology provider for Team USA Wheelchair Rugby, a US Paralympic team, for the University of Alabama Adapted Athletics, and for Navy Wounded Warrior, among other athletics and high performance programs. She teaches social psychology, sport psychology, sports ethics, and now a new seminar called “Yoga: A Social Psychological Approach” at the University of Alabama and Auburn University.