Yoga performance coach Tyla Arnason has joined the Kamloops NorthPaws in time for their West Coast League baseball expansion season.
Arnason, who specializes in work with golfers, owns and operates The Yoga Effect in Calgary, working with people going through cancer treatment in partnership with research conducted at the University of Calgary.
“What they’re doing in golf is miles ahead of what they’re doing in other sports and we want to bring that to the NorthPaws,” Arnason said in a NorthPaws press release. “I think yoga has a place to create better recovery, reduce injuries and improve an athlete’s ability to move well, not only in sport, but in life.”
Arnason said yoga can create better upper- and lower-body disassociation.
“You can create better accuracy, movement and recovery with improved movement patterns,” Arnason said. “You can have a really untraditional swing, but it can still be efficient. That’s what we’re trying to do — create more efficiency in these athletes.”
Arnason will join the NorthPaws in Kamloops during homestands in the regular season and will look to tap into the potential of aspects overlooked by traditional training sessions: breath awareness, mindfulness and visualization.
Kamloops is slated to begin the season on Tuesday, May 31, against the Edmonton Riverhawks. Game time is 6:35 p.m. at Norbrock Stadium.
The club is in search of billet families for players, who are scheduled to arrive next week.
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