Yoga has become such a common practice among elite athletes these days that it might be difficult for some younger fans to understand that it was once considered a novelty. Now we can see a star such as Texans running back Arian Foster posting a photo of himself exchanging bows with the NFL commissioner and writing a caption of #namaste Mr. Goodell, and not consider it to be radical.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, was among the first of big-time athletes to understand the benefits of yoga. It helped him last 20 seasons in the NBA, and his success with yoga influenced others to start practicing.

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