Joseph used yoga to increase flexibility

Joseph used yoga to increase flexibility
July 28, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Joseph did yoga to become more flexible

Namaste. Arian Foster bows in the end zone after touchdowns, in a simulated bow that occurs at the end of a yoga session.

You might find Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph doing the bow this season after interceptions.

Because Joseph spent a substantial amount of time during the offseason in a yoga studio with his wife.

“It was kind of weird because there weren’t many guys like me in there,” Joseph said. “There were people in there in their 30s and 40s.

“I think I took about four different types of yoga classes, different types of stretches and things to just help my hip mobility and things like that. Joints in my shoulders and help my flexibility and have more range of motion.”

Even while struggling through a groin injury for a large part of last season, Joseph managed to go to his second straight Pro Bowl. But according to the 29-year-old cornerback, not only was a sore groin slowing him down, but two sports hernias hampered him too.

"I'm just glad to have it behind me," Joseph said on May 31. "I'm feeling better than I've ever felt. I told somebody that yesterday. I was just excited that I got it fixed just to see where I am at on the field. And I'm having probably the best OTAs I've had in four or five years."

Joseph didn’t undergo surgery to fix both sports hernias until after the Pro Bowl. Fellow cornerback Kareem Jackson actually put the idea in his head that he might be suffering from a sports hernia during the season.  

Joseph said he was losing about six pounds in sweat during some yoga sessions and is healthiest he’s been in the last few years. On top of the corrective surgeries, that could be in part because of his now increased flexibility.

“Just overall movement,” Joseph said about his hips. “Just staying with a guy, being able to mirror a guy anywhere he goes without an limitations. From just opening your hips and turning and running and things like that.

“For me it was a struggle,” Joseph said. “Just picking up the different types of movements and things like that. But they kind of helped me out and talked me through it each and everyday.”

Joseph’s instructors actually gave him some exercises to take to Reliant Stadium.

“When I left the yoga classes I asked the ladies there if they could give me some stretches that I could take with me to help me on a daily basis,” Joseph said. “They gave me stretches, some things to do, laying up against the wall stretches and things like that.”