Two Time Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange to Stay and Train at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, Phuket

WORLD’S TOP TRIATHLETE PREPARES FOR FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON

 

[Phuket, Thailand, 10th April 2019] Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, Phuket is proud to announce that Patrick Lange, two-time Ironman Hawaii World Champion, will stay and train at the resort starting mid-April to prepare for his first race of the season — Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Danang, Vietnam on May 12, 2019.

Lange chose to move his training camp to Thanyapura because it is recognised by triathletes as a world-class training destination with outstanding sport facilities, including an Olympic 50m pool, a 25m training pool, a 500m running track and a 900sqm fitness centre. The resort is fifteen minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport and sits on 23 hectares at the foot of a national forest with quiet, well maintained roads that are perfect for cycling and running.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is using Lange’s visit to enhance Thailand’s position as an active holiday destination for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Endurance athletes, in particular, are choosing Thanyapura, because no other facility in Asia offers the combination of sports, health and wellness, healthy dining and accommodation all in one place.

“Many thanks to Thanyapura and Thai Airways for allowing me to travel and train in Phuket,” said the Ironman double world champion who is looking forward to train in the tropics. With the approach of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Thanyapura is becoming a sought after destination for elite athletes to train in the heat and humidity they expect to find in Tokyo. The resort offers everything athletes want in a sports training facility so they can train without distraction.

Training with Chelsea

The club was unable to pay outstanding debts totalling B83 million after being sued by three former international players after their contracts were terminated by the club for alleged misbehaviour.

Following the termination of the club, Chonburi FC took over the island’s football representation by forming and managing Banbueng Phuket City Football Club, playing out of none other than Banbueng Municipality Stadium in Chonburi, which happens to be 900km away.

Naturally this lost a fair few supporters who were already hanging on by a thread after years of uncertainty, leaving the Island’s football scene in the shadow of its former status.

One man who remains optimistic about Phuket’s footballing future is Jarupong Sangpong, or Gogo as he is known on the pitch. Gogo played professionally for Bangkok based clubs Army United FC and Police Tero FC (formally known as BEC Tero FC) who currently play in Thai League 2 having been relegated from the top flight last season.

After his retirement from professional football, Gogo became an assistant coach at Army United before moving to Phuket where his vision for the island’s youth took form.

When I came to Phuket I saw an opportunity to help build and nurture the young talent here,” Gogo told The Phuket News.

There are many children who love to play football, love to compete and dream of playing alongside their idols and need good quality coaching and guidance to get there.”

The former pro spoke of how football can be a gateway to great career opportunities around the country – something he is passionate about helping to create.

Football not only has the ability to open doors, it also improves physical and mental health – something I feel strongly about,” Gogo explained. “Which is why I decided to set up an academy for local children to train regularly with good quality coaching.”

Gogo is head coach of Success FC Academy – a youth football academy where he provides structured training for local youth after school at the Prince Of Songkla University, Phuket Campus football grounds. Proud parents watch in the stands as their children, proudly sporting Success FC jerseys, strive to be the next Ronaldo.

Thanyapura Sports Resort in Thalang is aiming to do more for youth football in Phuket, seeking to work with all clubs to help support the game on the island with the help of a new appointment in Steve Wallace, the company’s Football Head Coach & Business Development Manager.

Wallace, who played for Premier League side Newcastle United as a school boy and then coached with the club’s youth programmes, moved to Phuket in 2018 after spending 15 years in the states working as a football coach and club consultant, including development work for MLS (Major League Soccer) – the country’s top professional football league.

He was part of a group of coaches tasked with promoting the league through community coaching to raise the profile of the sport and promote the new league, which struggled to gain popularity when it began in 1996 in a country dominated by baseball, American football and basketball. However, the league has grown significantly over the years with total attendance at games in 2018 reaching 8,552,503 compared with 2,215,019 in 2002.

Now one of Wallace’s primary goals is to promote and grow football in Phuket.

When I first arrived in Phuket, I used to go for runs around the university grounds which is where I discovered the Success FC Academy,” Wallace told The Phuket News.

What impressed me was the structured format of the coaching. Gogo and his team have a very professional approach and are truly dedicated to the cause.”

Wallace volunteered as a coach to help the kids in the academy while starting to study Thai.

It wasn’t long before Wallace took up his new role at Thanyapura which came at a fitting time to bring together their shared vision of nurturing the island’s footballing youth.

There has been no youth league on the island for some time, which is something we want to help facilitate,” Wallace said.

Football has always been a sport that brings communities together and we want to use football to try to benefit local communities. This is why with the help of Thanyapura we could call on Chelsea FC to offer their expertise in having this event with Success FC this evening,” he explained.

Wallace emphasised that of all the big clubs he has worked with, Chelsea have stood out as the most professional and community-focused.

Thanyapura enlisted the proficiency of Chelsea’s senior international development officer, Laurie Griffin, to coach youth players in Phuket at an evening session last Tuesday (Feb 5) with Success FC Academy at the Prince Of Songkla University, Phuket Campus football grounds.

It is a great privilege to have such an outstanding coach training our local players, passing on great knowledge and stirring up new excitement for the sport,” Wallace said.

Laurie Griffin, who has worked at Chelsea for the past four years, having worked for Manchester United before that, works specifically in developing youth players. He travels all over the world coaching young players and coaches, with the sole aim of helping to develop football in places where the youth can benefit the most from it.

Our goal at Chelsea is to embed positive roots and make a positive impact on local communities,” Griffin told The Phuket News. “Our ‘Here to Play, Here to Stay’ initiative is dedicated to building education and football training platforms for children around the world. Everything we deliver is exactly the same as what we do in the UK. Our system is based on a not-for-profit model and four years into the programme, we are coaching over 1000 young players every week.”

Griffin went on to explain that the programme – which started with two members of staff and is now in its 45th country – shares the same vision as Thanyapura in giving back to local communities, with coaching education workshops given to help develop quality coaches who would be able to sustain and drive the vision forward.

A Chelsea International Player Development Project (hosted by Thanyapura Sports Resort) will take place from April 15 to 18. Young boy and girls will have the opportunity to train with professional youth coaches from Chelsea FC on their first ever visit to Phuket.

Original news from: The Phuket News
Link: https://www.thephuketnews.com/training-with-chelsea-70330.php

Above and beyond: Northern boys’ 24hr drive for Phuket tournament

The boys, all aged 11-13, were selected from a series of schools across the area to play in the U14 age group at the 8th Annual Phuket Soccer School (PSS) Tournament under team name, Tonkla Mukdahan.

After leaving their province for the first time and embarking on a 24-hour drive to Phuket, there was a mixture of nerves and excitement among the boys, according to foundation trustee Richard Burack.

Burack, a doctor from London, is one of four medical professionals that visit northern Thailand to host free medical clinics and educate local residents on health-related issues.

The morning after their arrival in Phuket, the boys participated in a training session at Thanyapura with Head Football Coach Steve Wallace, focusing on creating and taking scoring chances. This was the first time they had ever played or trained together, but they gelled quickly.

“I saw from the outset that these boys had some individual ability and loved their football. They were immediately engaged in the finishing activities, were easy to coach and played with a smile on their faces. Thanks to some great translation skills from Alwin Lias, they understood what I was saying and were able to take some new ideas on board to try out over the weekend.”

Something else new for the boys came after training – a trip to the beach to cool off in the water and to see the sea for the first time.

The question before the tournament from PSS Head Coach Martin Hill was if the boys would be able to compete against more experienced teams in an older age group. The answer came quickly as the newly created side defied the odds and raced to four wins and a draw on Saturday (Mar 9), scoring ten goals in the process.

Tonkla Mukdahan finished the tournament with a very credible second place after tired legs got the better of them in their final group game. But nothing could take away from a great weekend where they made some new friends through football and memories they will never forget.

–Steve Wallace

Original news from: The Phuket News
Link: https://www.thephuketnews.com/above-and-beyond-northern-boys-24hr-drive-for-phuket-tournament-70723.php

Phuket attracts international football teams

Dr Jozak visited Phuket this week as the guest of Thanyapura football head coach, Steve Wallace, to discuss training camps and friendly matches on the island for youth and full national teams.

Even though the 2018 World Cup in Russia is still fresh in the memory, the road to Qatar 2022 takes shape next week, with the draw for the AFC second qualifying round in Kuala Lumpur on April 17.

With the first round of knockout qualifying games already set for June, the six winners over two legs will then join the top 34 ranked nations in the region for group play in September, where Kuwait could potentially be up against the likes of Australia, South Korea, Japan and Thailand.

As part of their preparations, Jozak is leaving nothing to chance. There is a strong possibility that one or more of Kuwait’s group stage opponents will be from the SEA region, and he sees Thanyapura and Phuket as the right place to acclimatise to the conditions and prepare his team for such important games.

New Zealand national team head coach, Fritz Schmid, will also visit later this month, and it is meetings such as these that give Wallace hope that Phuket can become a place where football can gain higher visibility over time.

“One of my objectives is to try to bring some teams here so that that young players on the island can be inspired to play and improve. For all of the football that can be seen on TV, there’s no substitute for watching international players train in person or seeing them in a live game, both of which I’ll look to facilitate for local kids.”

Chelsea FC coaches will be in Phuket next week as part of the sold-out Player Development Project. During their stay, Thanyapura will host almost 200 Phuket children from local clubs and schools for free football clinics.

David Monk, Chelsea’s Senior International Development Officer, is looking forward to the week.

“I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to collaborate with Thanyapura on a free CSR event to give something back to local players, which is a key part of our club ethos”.

Original news from: The Phuket News
Link: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-attracts-international-football-teams-71055.php

Yoga Talk – Downward Facing Dog & Mountain Poses for Wellness

Yoga at Thanyapura

Yoga Talk with Pascha and Atipon

 

One of the most often performed poses in yoga, especially during Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes, is Downward Facing Dog (Adho mukha śvānāsana), while its sister pose Mountain (Parvata āsana) is found more commonly in the Hatha style of practice.

The two poses are very similar. They are commonly mixed up and therefore can be confused. However, the major differences between Mountain and Downward facing dog are:

– Back –
Mountain concentrates on forming a straight line along the length of the back, while creating an inverted V as a mountain shape. Downward Facing Dog focuses on opening the chest and reaching the head towards the floor.

– Feet –
Mountain has both feet next to each other, whereas Downward Facing Dog has them a hip’s width apart. Although slightly different, both of the feet are parallel and balanced, distributing the weight equally.

Both poses start on your hands and knees in a balanced all fours position. Knees are lifted away from the floor. Hips are lifted towards the ceiling and you push backwards. Palms are placed face down on the floor, like a gecko’s feet, with all your fingers spread out to distribute the weight evenly. ‘Sticking’ means your palms do not move. For Mountain, join your feet together and extend your spine towards the floor. If the back is rounded then bend the knees slightly until the length of the spine is felt.

For Downward Facing Dog, the feet are hip-distance apart, the shoulders are rotated outwards, and the shoulder blades are squeezed together to create a broader space in the chest with the aim of touching the top of your head down to the floor. In both poses, your neck is relaxed and your head is away from the hands in order to avoid unnecessary weight on the wrists.

– Yogi tips: understand your body to avoid misalignment –

Let us now take a closer look to better understand that we all have different and unique bodies, and realise that not everyone can mirror the same postures that appear in a yoga magazine. There are many modifications as well as variations to adopt. No matter your current level, you will benefit from the pose if the body is correctly aligned.

Many yoga students are overly worried about touching their heels down onto the floor, which can force the pose. Forcing too far or getting pushed too far can cause micro tears in muscles and weaken them. Breathe in deeply and visualize how your body functions. Observation and awareness are the key elements to help you deepen your asana practice. With yoga, you can train the mind to be aware, learn to understand and accept your own body. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having your knees bent slightly in these poses in order to adjust the length of the spine; as your comfort level increases over time you can slowly extend your legs.

Flexibility in these poses cannot be explained by tight hamstrings alone. Your entire body has a kinetic chain – each and every part is interconnected. Restricted hip mobility is another common problematic area that also causes limitations in flexion or tilting your body forward. Many risks can develop when yoga practitioners improperly use the flexion from the lumbar spine instead of the flexion of the hips when performing these poses, as excessively bending forward from lumbar spine can seriously harm the spinal disc and ligaments (disc irritation, bulging disc).

Mountain and Downward Facing Dog are spinal extension poses that certainly make you feel relaxed as they help stretch your back. In fact, they are beneficial and pleasurable for those who experience pain in the back with spinal stenosis, facet syndrome and spondylolisthesis. Remember to practise patiently and take extra care if you have pre-existing injuries or health conditions.

– A word from a Sports Physiotherapist –

At Thanyapura, many runners have visited the physiotherapist for ankle ligament injury, which does not only prevents them from running but also limits their general movements. Our physiotherapist, Atipon, talks about Mountain and Downward Facing Dog poses as “one of the most helpful remedies available to heal a patient who experiences pain in the leg and foot like ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis, shin splints and plantar fasciitis”. The inability to flex the foot may cause tightness in the calf muscles. Mountain and Downward Facing Dog assist in releasing tension, especially in the gastrocnemius and the achilles tendon (lower leg). While these parts of the body relax, the opposing muscles (the antagonists) contract. In this case, when flexing the foot, it also helps activate and strengthen the tibialis anterior (at the front of the lower leg), which provides the patient with a fuller range of motion in the ankle, as well as untightening calf muscles.

Downward Facing Dog and Mountain are crucial yoga poses that help to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and can be incorporated into rehabilitation programmes to assist in musculoskeletal pain relief and function.

You have now been made acquainted with similarities and differences of the two poses. As you understand them better, it is easier to physical cue your body in order to sharpen your practice and avoid injuries. Breathe. Be mindful so that yoga is always ‘helpful’ and never ‘painful’.

23 Years Old Paralympian Swimmer from India Breaks Asian Record

Thanyapura’s scholarship swimmer, 23 years old Niranjan ‘Niru’ Mukund, broke the Asian record at the 2018 World Para Swimming World Series “Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften Swimming Berlin”, in Germany yesterday (June 7). He finished his 200 m backstroke within 03:16:01, which has made him the newest holder of Asia’s record in this category.

Mukund was born with spina bifida and clubbed feet. As a result, he has muscles weakness in his legs and has undergone 16 surgeries. The swimmer, from Bangalore, India, started his swimming journey in 2003 at the Jayanagar Swimming Pool following his doctor’s advice that he should do sports, such as horse riding and swimming, to strengthen his legs.

From a hobby to get healthier and stronger, swimming has become his routine and career. He swims six hours and does two hours of gym work and conditioning each day because he believes that “Dedication, determination and hard work are the keys to success.”

His strong commitment has built him a path to the world leagues. He won 10 medals in 10 events at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands, and claimed bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Bangalore [SWAB] in India. In 2016, he received the Ekalavya Award from the state of Karnataka in India, in recognition of his performances in Para swimming and was also awarded the National Award for Best Para Sportsperson of the Year in 2015 by the Government of India.

Lately, he received a scholarship from Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, where he met his mentor, Miguel Lopez Alvarado, Head Coach of the aquatics academy, who has gained more than 20 years of experience as a swimming coach at elite level, steering able-bodied and disabled swimmers to great heights.

Miguel’s career is expansive. He has trained Olympians and Paralympians, but at heart it is his pure love for the sport that motivates him each day; a motivation that he passes on his swimmers.
Mukund also set his goal to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Cycling

Nowadays, it’s hard to decide on which physical activity to practice since there are so many of them out there. You need to keep active to be in good shape, and we know how hard is to maintain a routine of workouts. If you are looking for a physical activity that is not only easy to begin with, but also great fun, cycling may be the best workout for you! If you need some convincing, below is a list of 10 amazing health benefits you can expect from cycling.

     1. Low-impact and friendly on the bones

A lot of workouts today put a strain on joints and muscles, and people who suffer from joint pain or any age-related illness require workouts that don’t put added strain the muscles, or stress on the joints. When riding a bike, your joints and legs are not under a lot of stress. Also, riding a bike is not a rough workout, meaning you are less prone to injuries whilst riding a bike – even if you fall off of it – you may just have a scratch or two, provided you are wearing the appropriate safety equipment.

     2. Daily commutes can be a workout

You can incorporate this activity into your daily routine easily since it is not only fun but also useful. riding a bicycle to school or work will save money that would otherwise have been spent on gas if you were to take your car. Riding a bike also helps to save time, as many cities around the world now have cycling roads to ensure your safety. Plus, riding a bike everywhere helps you to build up stamina and improve balance in the long run.

     3. Riding a bike builds muscle

Riding a bike may seem easy enough right? You may not notice at first, but riding a bike takes a number of different skills. Along with pedalling, maintaining balance must also be continually done. When your workout is finished and you dismount, you may feel your lower body muscles sore, but the workout has used almost all the muscles in your body. The muscles in your arms will begin to grow and to strengthen because you use them to keep your balance. When making turns on the bike, you may need to move your body the way in which you are turning, and this takes many of your muscles to work together in order to do this successfully.

     4. It’s a great cardio workout

As you pedal your way to work, your heart is pumping more blood to your muscles than usual. Your heart is under more pressure and if you ride regularly, you will improve your cardiovascular system. Soon enough, you’ll feel your stamina improve as well. With time and patience, you will go from riding a mile or two to riding three or four miles a day without breaking a sweat. Due to the positive effects bike riding has on the heart, many people that have been diagnosed with certain heart diseases are recommended to ride for a few hours to keep the heart pumping and in good shape.

     5. Cycling is good for the environment

As mentioned earlier, riding a bike to go places is not only good for you, but it helps the environment too. You can move easier between cars, and since you do not spend the time driving, you save time and money – and reduce gas emissions in the process. Plus, riding a bike is not only far cheaper, but the amount of energy taken to make a bike is merely a ninth the amount of energy that is needed to make a car.

     6. It’s a great aerobic workout

Constantly pushing the pedals on your bike is excellent aerobic exercise. The workout makes your body release endorphins, and endorphins help you to feel better, providing the motivation needed to keep the workout going. However, if retaining balance feels tiresome, recumbent bikes are there to help you. Here are the 5 best three wheel recumbent bikes that will rule 2018.

     7. You choose the level of intensity

There are a lot of different ways to ride a bike. You can choose a mountain bike to tackle rougher terrains. The intensity level is pretty high as you descend down a designated path at great speed. Another option is the BMX bike, which professionals use to carry out special tricks and competitions. Are prone to getting crashed, so the parts are made of a more durable material. Also, the equipment needed is also a little more expensive since it provides more protection. If this sounds a little too risky, you can always ride a normal bike or hybrid and go wherever you want.

     8. Riding a bike reduces stress

Riding a bike is one of the best activities you can do to help to reduce stress. When you ride, your mind simply drifts away as you see so many things on the way. Your whole body is relaxed, and your mind is calm as you ride. The exercise does not involve any extreme movements, so you can get distracted in an instant. You can go sightseeing on your bike and feel how your mind clears, helping you blow off some steam in the process. The constant pedaling and the fact that you need to be well aware of your surroundings helps you to think about many things. And you can be sure that that specific thing that’s been bothering you all day won’t accompany you on your ride.

     9. Riding burns calories

If you are consistent with your cycling workouts, you can burn enough calories to start losing weight at an accelerated rate. Since your body is in constant movement, it helps you to get in shape faster than with other workouts. You can create a routine path to make sure you are still motivated to finish your workout, and ensure your safety since you will get to know the path like the back of your hand.

     10. Helps to build relationships

Riding is more exciting when you have a friend ride with you. You can encourage friends and family to get healthier by riding together. This is not only safer, but it also motivates you to keep on riding. Soon you will have your own riding crew to explore exciting new paths.

So, there you have 10 of the benefits that come with cycling. Happy riding!

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team from 13 January – 2 February 2018

 Thanyapura was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team back on campus from 13 January – 2 February 2018, who were there to continue their rigorous training programme.

The team are currently preparing for the 2018 European Junior Championships, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and the European Swimming Championships. Güttler Károly, Coach for the Hungarian National Swim Team, shared, “This was the first training camp that we had planned for 2018. It is not easy because we do 8 km of swimming training each day, and 1 ½ hours in the gym. It’s 6 ½ hours per day for the athletes, and training efforts are doubled for medalists.”

Boglárka Kapás, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Bronze medalist, World Championship Bronze medalist and 6 times European Champion was amongst those returning to train. She shared what motivates her to keep swimming, “I train 16 km per day. It is a lot for me, and sometimes I feel like I don’t want to do it anymore and I don’t want to jump in the water. But I still remember back when I was 5 years old, my dream was to be an Olympic champion and I still hold that dream today. When I feel tired I just remember the reason why I started to swim in the first place, and it always motivates me.”

Kenderesi Tamás, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Bronze medalist, 2016 European Aquatics Championships Bronze medalist and 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships Bronze medalist, was also part of this year’s visiting team. When asked about his expectations for 2020, he replied, “I will focus for each competition and go step by step. Michael Phelps is my role model. He helped me a lot and I’ve watched his videos since I was 10 years old. I have now a chance to swim with him at the Olympics and it is a very special moment for me. I’m also focused on my own goals, and I really want to break the world record at the upcoming Olympic Games.” When asked about his visit to Thanyapura, he shared, “This is my first time visiting. I really like this place and the temperature is very good for swimming. I am not surprised that most Olympics swimmers choose to come and train here.”

Thousands of athletes frequently choose Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort each year, due to its unique combination of world-class facilities and ideal location – especially during the winter months. Its subtropical environment provides little season fluctuation in climate throughout the year. When asked why the Hungarian National Swim Team continues to choose Thanyapura, Coach Károly replied, “The weather is much better than Hungary (during this time of year). Now in Hungary it is snowing and the sky is very dark and grey.”

The team chose Thanyapura as their primary training ground due to its impressive selection of facilities and features. It offers its members, visitors and guests access to a 50m Olympic pool, 25m training pool, 500m running track, fitness centre and integrative health & wellness centre, along with award-winning all-day dining options. When asked about his most recent stay at Thanyapura, Károly replied, “I cannot find anything bad about this place. This is the fourth time that the team has come to stay. We like it so much here.”

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Yoga isn’t just for the young and fit, but for everyone who wishes to reap the wonderful benefits of this long-standing sport. It is never too late to begin a journey towards a healthier you, and you are never too old to exercise. Gentle practices at an older age can do wonders in keeping your physical and mental health in the best shape, for as long as possible.

Getting old grants many gifts – grace, wisdom, and experience to name a few. It also poses many challenges. Many health issues can surround older people. As you move towards aging, it physically becomes harder to carry any extra weight. According to sources, one third of people at the age of 65 or above are obese. Osteoarthritis and other kinds of pain also begin to surface. The risks of developing a life-threatening illness, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and similar problems increase. Reports indicate that seniors also experience a higher rate of mental stress and memory loss.

Senior citizens are more prone to diseases than younger members of the population. If you are looking to maximise your moments of enjoyment, whilst feeling younger, then practice yoga for seniors. Know which yoga poses work best for your body and utilize them to nourish your well-being. Older beginners can start the practice in the vicinity of their homes, or in private classes, to explore what suits them best. The art of yoga offers an range of benefits for the body, mind, and soul.

Here are seven best yoga benefits for seniors:

Improved balance and Stability
As a person ages, they start to lose their strength, and lose their balance. Many yoga poses focus on building strong muscles that, in turn, help to improve balance and stability within the body. It also decreases the likelihood of falls.

Increased Flexibility
Several senior citizens complain about aches and stiffness in their bodies due to reduced flexibility. Gentle yoga practices are a great option to increase flexibility in elderly citizens. Yoga loosens and tones the muscles and provides many therapeutic benefits.

Improved Respiration
Growing old introduces respiratory limitations and a reduced tolerance to physical exertion. A person can go without food for days, but can’t go more than a few seconds without breathing. A lack of oxygen in the respiratory system can have a negative impact on the mind and body. The science of yoga incorporates many breathing techniques and several yoga postures to naturally improve the respiratory system.

Helps to Fight Arthritis
Older people can suffer from osteoarthritis, and they are the ideal candidates for the practice of yoga. Various yoga asanas are effective in relieving the pain of arthritis without the risk of injury. Hatha and Iyengar are some of the yoga styles that are effective for senior people.

Reduced Hypertension
The risk of high blood pressure increases with age, and practising yoga puts less pressure on the heart and decreases the diastolic pressure number. Pranayama and meditation techniques are also beneficial.

Relief from Anxiety
Yoga is calm and restorative, and benefits the physical and psychological health of a person. It soothes the nervous system as the disturbed nervous system creates havoc in mind.

Mood Lifter
A daily yoga practice provides tranquility to the soul and various breathing techniques, making you more aware of yourself, resulting in a happier state of mind.

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It is well accepted that yoga offers benefits to all – both young and old. So take up yoga for seniors for a more soulful life.

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming from 3-18 January 2018

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming from 3-18 January 2018

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming Federation earlier this month, as the national team visited the facility from 3-18 January 2018.

A number of distinguished athletes were part of the visiting swim team; Michelle Coleman, a 2016 Olympic finalist, EC medalist & WC medalist, and current national record holder for the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke; Sophie Hansson, 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC medalist; Simon Sjodin, 2008 & 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC medalist; Erik Persson, 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC finalist; Sara Junevik, WC for Juniors medalist; Hanna Rosvall, EC for Juniors medalist, Björn Seeliger, EC for Juniors medalist; and Jannah Bronzell, EC for Juniors medalist. The team was accompanied by Coach Carl Jenner, named Coach of the Year in 2016.

The team chose Thanyapura for a number of reasons. The trip marked the first time the Swedish National Swim Team had visited the resort, but they had heard many positive things about it; in particular the facilities, the food, and the location. The team is now starting to focus more of their training trips to locations within Far East, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games due to take place in Tokyo, Japan. They will be looking to improve their training whilst acclimating in more humid conditions. The team mentioned that it is also a great way get back together and kick off 2018’s training programme – and, afterall, January weather is far warmer in Thailand than back home in Sweden!

Thanyapura’s unique mix of world-class facilities, including a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, 500m running track, extensive fitness centre, integrative health & wellness centre and award-winning dining options, and its ideally located position within subtropical northern Phuket, makes it a highly sought after training facility for sportspeople around the world. Athletes that are looking to continue their training during the winter months frequently return and stay at the sports resort, either to acclimate and prepare for upcoming competitions, or simply keep their performance up during the low season.