Catcher Stephen Vogt of the Oakland Athletics bats left, throws right, and is currently batting a sweet .319. A three-time MLB Organization All-Star, Vogt took a few moments before stepping into a game to share his thoughts on yoga with _PRACTICE. The next day, Vogt hit a two-run homer, helping to lift his team into another victory, further securing the A's first place post in Major League Baseball.
I started doing yoga in the winter of 2011 to increase mobility and endurance.
It has allowed for more fluid movements and for increased mobility and quickness –
both at the plate and in the field.
It helps to control my breathing while making quick movements and staying calm in tense moments.
It really has made a difference for me.
Sun salutations and hip openers allow me to loosen my hips and breathe deep into a pose.
My favorite is Happy Baby because it allows my hips to release.
No matter your level (at yoga) in the beginning – you can always improve.
It keeps you motivated.