Yes, it appears the one we love and worship is a big believer in Yoga. He credits yoga to helping him maintain his health, flexibility, and helps him mentally too. He also does pilates to receive some of the same benefits. The King might have found his secret to maintain his total awesomeness:
“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind and it’s a technique that has really helped me,” James said. “You do have to focus because there’s some positions that can really hurt you at times if you aren’t focused and breathing right.”
From the “thunderbolt pose” to the “hero pose” to even “downward facing dog,” James has become a devout believer in the benefits of yoga. He and assistant athletic trainer Mike Mancias have been developing a regimen over the last two years.
“He tries to focus on things that will help him and that the body needs, especially for balance and to strengthen his core,” said Mancias, who is in his fifth year with the Cavs.
“Yoga is an activity that encompasses all that. It’s total body and it helps him mentally, too. Flexibility is important to him and we’ve tried to incorporate all of that into a routine.”
“It is something that really can help your balance,” James said. “I had some lower back problems a few years ago and once I started to do the yoga, it has helped them go away for now. Of course we can stretch but stretching only goes so far.”
It’s part of a package James now employs. He gets massages on most game days, gets his ankles heavily taped and wears a padded vest under his jersey to protect his ribs, and ices his feet and lower back after every game and contact workout. It includes an overall better series of eating habits and weight training, which James is now more devoted to than ever.
“People don’t see everything that he does, he’s focused on doing everything for his body that will help him succeed,” Mancias said. “The proof is what he’s been showing on the court.”