Yoga as an additional training module is not yet commonplace at Bundesliga football clubs. At VfL Wolfsburg, it has only been running since the summer of this year – spearheaded by instructor Steffi Harrer.
Progressive and intensive
In Harrer’s classes, it is not about winning or losing but rather about mindfulness. Working with managing director Jörg Schmadtke, sporting director Marcel Schäfer and head coach Oliver Glasner, she devises the content and the structure as an individual addition to the players’ day-to-day routine, to help them be balanced and well-trained. “Football yoga is a sensible aid and provides a healthy balance to the other training sessions,” she said. The exercises in football yoga mobilise, strengthen, and regenerate, but they also promote concentration and boost mental and physical stamina. In short, they improve player performance.
The Green-and-Whites appreciate Harrer’s knowledge, experience and professionalism, with several players regularly making use of the voluntary offering after noticing how much football yoga benefits them. Daniel Ginczek, who can often be found on the mats, is one such player. “The class helps me to acquire flexibility in my body,” enthused the VfL striker.