Yoga For Athletes
Goal: Improve mobility, agility and endurance to optimize physical performance and encourage ease in athlete's ability to move and breath during activity.
Goal: Settle the chaotic mind through meditation, breathing and asana (postures). Improve ability to focus without mind-wandering or useless thoughts during activity.
Benefits of Yoga and Meditation:
"As a strength and conditioning coach, I have observed that most athletes have 2 problems in common; poor flexibility and a lack of core strength. I am always looking for ways aside from everyday stretching and core exercises to improve these areas and keep athletes healthy, so I looked into Yoga.
I had the fortune of having Ashley Rufo work with my athletes. Her expertise, knowledge, and passion for Yoga and making people better made a huge impact. She did a great job connecting with the players helping them buy into her program immediately. My athlete’s flexibility and core strength was noticeably improved. The breathing and relaxation techniques Ashley had them perform gave them an edge mentally as well. These improvements led to increased strength gains in the weightroom and helped them remain healthy the entire season. I truly believe in the benefits of Yoga for athletic improvement and the program Ashley Rufo can provide."
- Jeremy Scott, Baylor University Football Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Former Temple University Head S&C Coach)
"The continued success of our program has been the result of many aspects. Following our National Championship year, we found it a challenge to keep the boys on track and focus on the task at hand. Incorporating yoga into our routine proved to be tremendously helpful in staying healthy and focused on present happenings and performance in rout to an Interac Championship. Working with Ashley Rufo was enjoyable, improved the boy’s flexibility, strength and mobility, and played a big role in helping us stay focused on our day-to-day fundamentals."
- John Nostrant, The Haverford School Lacrosse Head Coach
"Incorporating yoga into our workout routine was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. Initially some of our players were skeptical, but they soon found out the tremendous benefits yoga gave them including increased flexibility, muscle strength, injury prevention, stress relief to name a few. As head coach, you're constantly looking for ways to improve your teams overall performance, and we are better thanks to having Ashley Rufo's yoga."
- Rick Sowell, Navy Men's Lacrosse Head Coach
"My team absolutely loved working with Ashley Rufo! Yoga is extremely beneficial to the athletes body as it clearly improves their physical and mental performance. Ashley is very inspirational and the players always looked forward to the next class with her."
- Joanie Milhous, Villanova Field Hockey Head Coach
ARY Yoga for Athletes focuses on improving functional mobility and sharpening the mind to enhance performance, lessen the likelihood of injury, and prolong the lifespan of activity.