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Thomas County Central volleyball using yoga as substitute for weight room

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 4:59 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Thomas County Central volleyball team is continuing to prepare for the upcoming season.

This year, the coaching staff has implemented a relaxed approach.

For the past two weeks after practice, the Yellow Jackets have participated in team yoga.

“It was actually my assistant coach Ashley Lanota. She works with the yoga instructor,” head coach Lisa Guyton said.

This off season, yoga is playing substitute for the weight room, which has been off limits due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We couldn’t touch a ball for four weeks,” Guyton said. “I thought it was a great way to work on core and flexibility.”

And while the team enjoys the alternative workouts, there was some initial skepticism.

“I didn’t really like the idea of it,” senior Makenna Maroney said.

“In all honesty,” senior back row Sarah Owens said, “I was cracking up. I was like, ‘I’m not going to take this seriously.‘”

But skeptics quickly turned into believers.

“When we started doing it,” Maroney said, “I realized that it started releasing my muscles. I wasn’t as tense and it helped me get better in the game.”

“You start getting into and you’re like, ‘This is kind of fun,‘” Owens said. “So, you start taking it more seriously and you start relaxing. You take everything out and you focus on yourself.”

One of the more popular poses among some team member’s is child’s pose, which Ownes says helps stretch out her back.

“My back has hurt like crazy lately,” Owens said, “So it feels really good to stretch it out.”

Guyton says the team will continue yoga as long as they have morning practices, which would be until school starts.

Currently, the date to reopen is scheduled for Sept. 8.

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