About ten years ago, it seemed rather taboo to suggest a grizzled NFL player hitting up a yoga studio, but the times have changed and multiple NFL players routinely engage in the ‘workout’.
Players in need of extreme flexibility and nimbleness (wide receivers, defensive backs) are the positions you most hear partaking in the exercise but recently even bigger players like lineman have decided to join in on the festivities.
That includes a list of Green Bay Packers players who according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have upwards of 15 players learning the art of yoga.
But here in De Pere — a hop over the Fox River and 10-minute skip down Riverside Drive from Lambeau Field — Cunningham is a ray of hope who might just help rescue this team from its No. 1 problem. Right here may be the person who squashes the injury bug, who exorcises the haunting hamstrings of Green Bay once and for all.
“I’m not the savior,” says Cunningham, who grew up in a family of Bears fans in Illinois but has spent most of her life in Green Bay, “but I care. I care about these guys and I want these guys to perform their utmost best on the field. That’s my goal for them, is to take their performance to the next level up. If I can. That’s what I can do with yoga.”
So is it an effective workout? The players certainly seem to think so because they keep coming back and as for teacher Ryanne Cunningham, she says not one player she’s ever helped has never suffered a muscular injury.
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