Knights stretching limits with yoga BEND AND STRETCH: Newcastle Knights players, including Nathan Ross, Jamie Buhrer and Daniel Saifiti, doing yoga at Balance City on Wednesday morning as part of pre-season training. Picture: Simone De Peak
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TweetFacebook“It means there’s a different voice delivering messages that we try to get across every week, trying to teach them how to stretch on top of our own techniques at training.
“I also like the discipline of yoga… not taking short cuts.
“This hopefully translates into other areas of their work and helps them to become more professional in their overall approach.”
Kenny-Dowall, who travelled to the “home of yoga” in the Indian Himalayan regionduring the off-season, was grateful for theWednesday morning addition having previously sought itout individually in a bid to continue his professional rugby league career.
“I tried to incorporate it [yoga] in my programs outside of the training I was doing and have probably done it for the last five years,” Kenny-Dowall said.
“I took it upon myself because I had a few injuries at the time and was looking for alternative methods to prolong my career.
“I really found yoga gave me a mental focus as well as a physical balance and realignment.
“I recently went over there [to India] and did a few classes and learned a lot off some masters which was a really good experience.
“So it’s amazing that Tony [Ayoub] and the Knights’ performance staff have been able to incorporate it into our training because it’s not another thing we have to doand it’salready helping the boys along.”
Danny Buderus Medal recipientBarnett, recovering from recentshoulder surgery, haslessexperience with yoga butwithin a month noticed the difference.
“I struggle a lot more with the old yoga because of my flexibility, but it has improved over the last four weeks,” Barnettsaid.
Meanwhile, the Knights are expected to announceon Thursdaythat they will play an NRL trial game at the redeveloped Maitland Sportsground in February.
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