Bentley Practices Bikram Yoga

Jim McCurdy

ESPN.com’s Page 2 interviewed with Houston Texans outside linebacker Kevin Bentley and reported last week that Bentley’s been practicing Bikram Yoga to maintain his durability and stay healthy.  The article notes that Bentley picked up this particular yoga practice seven years ago from Seattle Seahawks conditioning coach Mike Clark.  Bentley said of his yoga practice, which includes workouts in tights:

“Bro, do I look tough?” the 6-foot, 247-pounder said. “I’m not all about toughness. It’s about staying healthy, and doing what’s best for my body. At first, I took a lot of heat because guys were like, ‘Oh man, look at you. You’re in tights!’ Guys would come in and peek their head in and mess with me.”

Most commonly known as “hot yoga,” Bikram yoga usually incorporates posters and breathing exercises in a room with tempertures over 100°F and 40% humidity.  The heat when practicing Bikram, according to Bentley, better prepares him for the situations that will always occur on the NFL field:

“It gets pretty hot and humid in there with all those bodies.  With a packed class, you can’t move, can’t breathe, so it allows you to focus. When you get in those awkward positions in the piles, someone has you twisted up, you’re less likely to get hurt.”


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