We are delighted to have a chat with Sarah Ramsden ahead of her Triyoga masterclass for athletes.

Sarah has a unique background: she has worked in professional football for 13 years, including 11 years at Manchester City & Manchester United football clubs, where she worked long-term with Ryan Giggs.

She’s worked at MCFC & MUFC with senior, youth & academy players. Other clients include GB Women’s Football, GB Taekwondo, many other football clubs, & many individual athletes.

Sarah is passionate about the effective training of flexibility, stability & movement patterns, and draws from her extensive knowledge of functional anatomy, yoga, sports science, pilates, fascial connection and many other movement disciplines.

That elite professional football is a seriously demanding game and to have huge respect to anyone who is capable of playing at that level.

I never underestimate the toll that playing a sport takes on athletes’ bodies. 

That the more you play a sport, the stiffer and tighter you get!

It’s kinda ironic that the more experience and mental maturity you have in a sport, the less able your body is to deliver the movement needed. And that’s where even small gains in flexibility can allow particularly older players to go on playing and put all that experience to good use on the pitch.

Being a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals as well as a Msc. in Sports Science proved to be the perfect combination.

Being supple really matters if you are an athlete! Culturally/nationally we are really rubbish at training flexibility. We are good at training strength and cardio output, but we let our athletes and ourselves just throw our natural flexibility away, then we wonder why we are so stiff and tight! 

I can see the transformational difference that becoming even a little more supple makes to performance, recovery, chronic injury reduction – and just to the enjoyment of everyday life. I’m passionate about helping others make that difference.

There is massive interest in training good movement patterns in sport at the moment and the big issue in this is getting sportspeople more flexible.

Yoga is becoming the go-to practice for athletes as a regular part of their conditioning training.

That the more you play a sport, the stiffer and tighter you get! It’s kinda ironic that the more experience and mental maturity you have in a sport, the less able your body is to deliver the movement needed. That’s where even small gains in flexibility can allow particularly older players to go on playing and put all that experience to good use on the pitch.

There is phenomenal interest in anything that helps create good flexible, free movement. And yoga potentially corners the market on this one.

There are still misconceptions about flexibility, mobility and yoga

That yoga is just for bendy girls and older women. It isn’t. That flexibility is boring. It isn’t. That saying that you have always been inflexible is a reasonable excuse for not doing anything about it. It most definitely isn’t.

Sports benefit from a closer look at mobility and time spent on flexibility as it helps athletes to go on doing what they love for longer. For a bit more complex answer: flexibility, balance, stability, focus, mindfulness, relaxation, longevity.

One thing everyone can implement today to improve their flexibility?

Go to a yoga class. Today. Your body deserves it and will thank you for it.

Join Sarah for her workshop here. Use the code “sarah20” to receive a 20% discount when booking – to book you will need to phone Camden triyoga on 020 7483 3344.

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