Thursday , Mar , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron James Turns to Yoga for Preparation

They are yoga poses, and they are also an essential part of James’ routine every week.

"Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me," James said. "You do have to focus because there’s some positions that can really hurt you at times if you aren’t focused and breathing right."

From the "thunderbolt pose" to the "hero pose" to even "downward facing dog," James has become a devout believer in the benefits of yoga. He and Cavs assistant athletic trainer Mike Mancias have been developing a regimen over the past two years.

James got serious with it last summer when Mancias was with him for much of the Team USA events in Las Vegas and China. During the season, they carve out time at least once a week and sometimes more for the practice. Often it happens at team hotels on the road, and the two prefer to do it outside if possible. The two also do some Pilates exercises.