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BSU football: Broncos embracing yoga to improve flexibility

Posted on July 15 2015

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – Boise State senior cornerback Donte Deayon is not talking about his favorite animal.

“The flamingo,” he said, referring to his favorite yoga pose.

Strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman made yoga mandatory heading into summer. It even took him time to come around on the unique workout.

“It doesn’t feel good but afterwards you feel great,” he said. “We just felt like it was something that we needed to incorporate.”

Last season, Pitman let players decide if they wanted to take part in the class. Attendance was not very good.

“My first experience with yoga was hot yoga,” said senior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes. “That was the worst experience of my life.”

But now, it’s holding its own among the Broncos, as they work on holding their poses.

“For me, I really like it because I am not flexible at all,” Williams-Rhodes said. “A lot of people assume that I am flexible because I am fast. I am probably the least limber on the team.”

“Honestly I haven’t been a yoga guy but now that we’ve started doing it I actually like it,” Deayon said. “And now I feel like I am a master at it.”

Boise State opens the season on Friday, Sept. 4 against Washington.

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