Lucic and yoga at Metrotown
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic tried yoga for the first time earlier this month when he dropped by Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown, says owner Brad Colwell.
The Vancouver native didn’t realize the yoga class would be so challenging and found relief from a shoulder injury, said Colwell.
The Stanley Cup champion, who was toting the coveted cup around town Aug. 14, isn’t the first hockey player to try yoga. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has been practising yoga since 2007 as part of his regular training routine. Other players such as Mark Messier, Mark Recchi and George Laraque have also practiced yoga, says Colwell, who says yoga alleviates pain from sports-related injuries, improves focus and reduces stress.
Bikram Yoga was derived from traditional yoga in the 1970s, and is a series of 26 postures performed in sequence in a heated room. Bikram classes last 90 minutes, and at the Metrotown location more than 50 classes are offered each week.
Lucic has guaranteed he will return to the Metrotown studio for training next summer, Colwell said.