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Shaq Tries Yoga

The newest professional athlete to give yoga a try is basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. The Cleveland Cavaliers center tried a class in suburban Cleveland, according to the Associated Press. He needed two mats to accommodate his 7-foot-1, 325-pound frame. (The...

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The newest professional athlete to give yoga a try is basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. The Cleveland Cavaliers center tried a class in suburban Cleveland, according to the Associated Press. He needed two mats to accommodate his 7-foot-1, 325-pound frame. (The studio will be special ordering a 100-inch-long mat for his next class.)

“I’m the worst yoga student in the history of yoga,” O’Neal said.

But if he was out of his element, imagine how his teacher must have felt trying to come up with appropriate modifications for the basketball player.

“He’s got some tight hamstrings,” his teacher Tami Schneider, owner of Cleveland Yoga in Beachwood told the AP. “He’s obviously a
big, strong man. He told me he doesn’t stretch very often and that was
pretty apparent. I’m looking forward to working with him to get him
into some deeper stretches.”

I bet it will help his game! What do you think?