This UD yoga sequence was designed specifically for sled hockey players, but the poses and positions are ideal for anyone looking for a routine focused on relaxing your back and core, as well as creating length in your spine and space in the sides of your body and under your arms. No equipment is necessary, but you may find that a mat and some cushions or blankets make this more comfortable.

Sled hockey players rely on their upper body strength and core strength, so sometimes their backs, shoulders, abdominal muscles and hip flexors are tight or sore from heavy use and strain. This yoga routine focuses on creating relaxation and space in those areas.

This yoga sequence was developed for USA Sled Hockey’s 2017 development camp at UB, and developed from feedback the players provided after the UD yoga classes taught at the 2015 and 2016 USA Sled Hockey Development Camp. First time campers, seasoned players, coaches and staff were all able to participate and experience the benefits of a yoga sequence designed to meet their needs. Thanks to Laurie Kennedy from USA Sled Hockey for inviting UD Enterprises to participate in this fun activity that allowed us to share yoga with an even wider audience, while helping a talented group of athletes become even better at a wonderful sport.

If following along with this video, we urge you to be cautious and gentle with yourself the first time through. It’s OK to take it slow, or even skip poses or positions that aren’t comfortable for you. Try to have some fun as you check it out. As you try it remember this is called a “practice;” the instructions are guidelines that you might adjust based on your body. It is a wonderful chance to restore your body, or simply prepare you for whatever comes next in your day.

We would love to hear from you with feedback or suggestions!