yoga for hockey

Want to be a better hockey player? Spend a few hours a week on the yoga mat.

Below are the steps to Triangle pose (Trikonasana). This pose is great for hockey players because it focuses on the spine, lower back, flexibility, lateral muscles, and hamstrings. It also increases your flexibility and strength - perfect for sneaky slap shots or making the winning save!

step 1

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Antonio Zivanovic, an ambassador from the West 4th store, shows us the steps to get into Trikonasana.

Stand on your yoga mat with your feet together, hips-width apart, and your arms comfortably down at your sides. Take a few deep breaths in and out through your nose.

step 2

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Take a big step out to the side and turn your torso to the right with your arms outstretched and parallel to the floor, palms facing down.

Make sure your right foot is pointing straight ahead, and turn your left foot out 90 degrees so that it's pointing at the wall. Your heels should be lined up. Reach in front of you with your right arm, and shift your hips to the left.

step 3

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Place your right hand down to the floor (or gently on your calf if the floor isn't available to you yet) and reach up to the ceiling with your left hand. Keep deep breathing and hold this pose for 30 seconds, repeating on the other side.

Remember to listen to your body and stop if you feel ANY pain.

Are you a hockey player who also practices yoga? Leave us a comment below or email us at to say hi!

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Love it! I play hockey on sunday nights and take a yoga class every monday to stretch away my aches and pains from the night before and build muscle. Side note: I’ll only wear a lulu yoga top with a built-in bra under my hockey equipment because anything else is a major chaffing issue.

Comment by Melissa — January 13, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

I’ve played hockey for 27 years – as a goalie… I started practicing yoga 3 years ago and now regularly practice both Ashtanga and Moksha. My game has improved so much since I started yoga, I only wish I had gotten into it sooner! Not only has my flexibility improved, but my strength, balance and speed… and at 33 years old that says a lot! Every hockey player should work yoga into their routine!

Comment by Shauna W — January 13, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

Yoga is an amazing compliment to almost any sport. A great variation of this pose to really target your IT band is to twist your torso the opposite way, reaching the right hand up and the left hand down (in reference to the picture). Always remember not to lock your knee back as well.

Comment by Brian — January 13, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

I LOVE IT! Such amazing shots! Triangle pose is an amazing pose for athletes, especially since we need our hips and core to be explosive!

Comment by Whitney — January 13, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

I’m really enjoying this series of yoga for different athletes! Hope to see more posts like this in he future.

Comment by Marisa — January 13, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

I hope this gets my hubby psyched about yoga!

Comment by Bonnie — January 14, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

This is wonderful! Thank you!

Comment by Keely Grand — January 14, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

I am a certified YogaKids teacher and am definitely going to use these pictures to motivate the kids in my yoga classes. Thank you!

Comment by Nina Spotswood — January 16, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

The Men’s line is amazing! Thank you lululemon for producing such rad gear.

Comment by Antonio A. Zivanovic — January 18, 2010 @ 9:54 am

I’ve been playing hockey for years and now well into my 30′s my lower back used to give me tremendous problems. My wife got me into yoga, and lulu’s mens line of clothes, and my back has never felt better. I am also inseparable from my Contenter jacket.

Comment by Jason W — January 19, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

Can you get me Antonio’s number??? Raaarr…

Comment by Sheila Longhair — January 25, 2010 @ 3:09 am

Go Canucks

Comment by adam — September 19, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

Hi Lulumelon (And Antonio :) ). I’v been practicing Yoga for a while now, and have not seen something like that. Cool stuff dude. As for hockey, I’m playing Roller-hockey on my roller blades (those inline skater things.. you know. I don’t know how you call them up there. But I don’t think i can combine my yoga with my blades… It’s not the same.
Thanks anyway you guys
Keep practicing!!!!
Love And Namaste

Comment by Premium Yoga Mat Man — October 16, 2010 @ 6:00 am

I teach yoga and Pilates. Watching my son play hockey…goalie Yoga is a wonderful tool for the players to use. Just starting to get my son to practice with me. And if all goes well having classes for the teams, roller and ice, in my area. If you have any ideas to help please let me know.

Comment by Michelle Cormack — October 19, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

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