USA Soccer Star Christen Press is opening up about the secret weapon that keeps her and several teammates calm and focused while battling intense pressure on the soccer field: yoga.
“Wherever I am, I always do yoga everyday,” Press, tells PEOPLE magazine. “I think it’s so important for my physical health in sport.”
"With yoga, it works every part of the body and increases range of motion,” says Press, the team forward. “People think you get super flexible and you lose your power in sport. I’m getting back to normal because I’m so wound up and tight.”
She says it helps her not just physically, but mentally.
“I think the stress and pressure from the games and making teams, making rosters, I think it’s amazing,” says the former Stanford student who became the school’s all-time leading scorer. “That’s when our yoga group was really born. During the World Cup we did yoga every single day.”
She adds: “Just with the pressure and everything going on you get to just release it. It’s just you and your mat and the music and it’s time away from reality.”
“On game days I do yoga as just a really short routine. It’s more to warm up and to calm down in the morning,” says Press.
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