JOGA Founder Jana Webb on the Curious Competitor Podcast with Connor Carrick

Jana Webb talks about overcoming injury, battling concussions, and how her experiences have helped guide her in a life of entrepreneurship with JOGA.

When Jana Webb enters a locker room to work with athletes before a game, she is often recognized by these three roles: an entrepreneur, a leader in the sports fitness world, and a hockey mom. However, not many people know the story behind Jana or how and why JOGA was created. Jana Webb didn’t just wake up one day and decide she wanted to work with athletes. In fact, when she was asked what she wanted to do when she grew up as a child and young adult, she had no answer. Jana Webb got to where she is today through a series of twists and turns, and on the Curious Competitor podcast with Connor Carrick, Jana delves into just how these courses of events led her to creating JOGA – the successful movement system that is now used by the best athletes and sports teams in the world. 

NHL Defenseman Connor Carrick started the Curious Competitor podcast as a way to talk to some of the world’s highest performing people about how they curate and execute their craft and the lessons they have learned along the way. When it comes to Jana Webb and the creation of JOGA, many of these lessons were learned as a result of some traumatic events that led to inspiring opportunities.

On the podcast, Jana Webb reveals how she first got into yoga as a form of recovery after a car accident. Jana immediately enjoyed the mental component of yoga, but coming from an athletic background with a stiffer body, recognized that there were physical limitations to the practice. This was what Jana refers to as her ‘aha’ moment that pushed her to design a program that combined the science of yoga breathing and relaxation with the biomechanics of sport.

Jana shares with Connor Carrick how she was able to build an empire, despite having little theoretical knowledge or a background in athletic therapy. Rather, she inspires listeners by stressing that what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur is a passion for what you do, the motivation to invest in yourself, and the curiosity to never stop learning or surrounding yourself with people who know more than you.

On the podcast, Jana Webb goes on to talk about how to this day, she is still looking at setbacks as resources and opportunities to better herself and her business. Currently recovering from another car accident that almost paralyzed her and left her with a brain injury (which she attributes the strength she has gained from JOGA for saving her life) and navigating relocating JOGA online during the Covid-19 pandemic, Jana and Connor expertly touch on the pursuit of growth during challenging times. To listen to the full podcast, click here.

JOGA vs.Yoga

What’s the Difference?

Chances are, you’re familiar with Yoga and can immediately bring to mind what a yoga class looks like and sounds like when you hear the term: long held stretches, tapping into your chakras, sitting in contemplation for hours…Well, JOGA is not that.

Yes both JOGA and Yoga are mind and body practices, but that’s where the similarities end. So what exactly makes JOGA different than Yoga?

YOGA

Yoga is a mental, physical, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. The goal of traditional Yoga was not only to become more flexible and to train the body and mind to sit in contemplation for long periods of time – as we commonly think of Yoga in the Western world today – but to discover an understanding of the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Traditional Yoga is deeply rooted in this philosophy of practicing self-awareness and enlightenment.

True to its heritage and beginnings in Hinduism and Buddhism, Sanskrit, the ancient language of South Asia, is still used when teaching and practicing Yoga today. Just like the word ‘Yoga’ itself, which comes from the Sanskrit word yuj meaning ‘union’, most Yoga terminology ties back to its foundations in these ancient schools of philosophy. Ultimately, Yoga is a discipline with deep roots in achieving spiritual harmony.

JOGA

Similar to Yoga, JOGA involves physical postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques. However, where the goal of Yoga is to become more flexible and spiritually aware, JOGA’s aim is to enhance performance, improve concentration, and reduce recovery time within the context of an athletic environment.

Athletes don’t need to be flexible, nor do they need to be able to torque and hold their bodies in bendy positions. In fact, performing many of the passive positions found in Yoga can actually do more harm than good for an athlete as athletes have to be tight to some degree to produce power and speed. Therefore, JOGA is a three dimensional neuromuscular system intended to build muscle memory and balance joint mobility/stability. It’s not just ‘yoga for jocks’ or ‘athletic yoga’. Through emphasizing the kinetic chain and a combination of dynamic and static positions, JOGA addresses common muscle imbalances, overuse injuries, and mobility/stability weaknesses that appear in an athlete’s specific kinetic environment.

The specific breathing and relaxation techniques in JOGA are used to support a more balanced nervous system so athletes can be better equipped to manage the high-stress demands of the job. From learning how to stay calm and non-reactive while executing plays to practicing calming the mind for better sleep, JOGA’s breathing and relaxation techniques educate an athlete on how to connect their breath to their core and become more self aware.

Which One is Right for You?

If you are looking to become more bendy and find inner peace, then take a Yoga class. But if you’re an athlete who needs to be moving at high speeds and loading the joints, then JOGA is for you. With JOGA, you get the physical and physiological benefits of Yoga, but in a way that is individual to your body and cohesive to the biomechanics of your sport.

In JOGA, we’re not going to tell you to lift your heart to the sky or ask you to connect to your third eye. We’re going to use language that resonates with an athlete’s mindset, like agility and proprioception, so you can understand how what you’re doing is helping you build more efficient movement patterns and giving you more gains for you to go out on the field or court and namaSLAY. 

No Bake Gingerbread Bodylogix Protein Balls

A healthy, holiday treat that is perfect for athletes on the go!

Forget about making and decorating a gingerbread house or gingerbread man this winter. These no-bake gingerbread Bodylogix protein energy balls are quick and easy to make, packed with protein, and taste just like a gingerbread cookie!

When you’re on the go from practices to training sessions, being able to have a delicious and healthy snack in your bag that’ll help you keep your energy levels up is everything. As athletes and trainers with very busy schedules, you probably also don’t have loads of time to be spending in the kitchen baking, cooking, and meal prepping. That’s why these no bake gingerbread protein balls are perfect. They have simple ingredients, are gluten free, taste like dessert, and only take 10 minutes to make.

To make these energy balls, you’ll only need a handful of ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. The base of these energy balls is made using rolled oats. Rolled oats are filling and a great source of fibre. Nut butter is used to help bind the balls, while also providing you with a dose of healthy fats. To replicate that aromatic and memorable gingerbread flavour, you’ll use a blend of warm spices and maple syrup for sweetener. And of course, you can’t forget to add a high quality protein powder that’ll help your body build muscle and repair tissue.

High protein snacks are popular amongst athletes who are always on the go, but store-bought protein bites and bars can often be loaded with sugar and hidden artificial ingredients. With this no bake protein ball recipe, you can have a satisfying, nutritious snack while knowing exactly what’s in it. This gingerbread protein ball recipe is great for before or after a JOGA session when you need a quick boost of energy or are trying to increase your protein intake. 

Protein Powder

In this recipe, we used the vanilla bean flavoured whey protein powder by Bodylogix. The Bodylogix Whey Protein powder is made with a blend of whey protein concentrate with protein sourced from grass-fed cows. With no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners, and non-GMO, Bodylogix delivers safe and clean ingredients to athletes for performance-driven nutrition.

Tips and Modifications 

This energy ball recipe is super simple, but we wanted to give you a few extra tips first that’ll help you make sure your gingerbread protein balls come out perfectly!

If the texture of your mixture is coming out like sand and you’re having trouble forming it into a ball, just add a few teaspoons of water until the mixture has reached your desired consistency.

The Bodylogix Whey Protein powder is suitable for vegetarians. However, if you want to make this recipe vegan, simply swap the whey protein powder for Bodylogix’s Vegan Protein, which also comes in the vanilla bean flavour.

To make prep and make time even quicker, you can opt for using a store bought gingerbread spice instead of using a blend of your own spices. 

No Bake Gingerbread Protein Balls

A simple recipe for a high protein snack that tastes a lot like soft gingerbread cookies! 

Prep time: 10 mins   Total time: 10 mins   Servings: 14 balls

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup almond butter

¼ cup Bodylogix Natural Whey Protein Vanilla Bean

1 tbs maple syrup

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Pinch of cloves

Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

In a food processor, combine all ingredients until mixed together. The mixture should be sticky and firm enough to roll into balls.

Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of the mixture out and form into a ball with your hands.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months. 

 

#hometeamtogether Staying Connected with Athletes During Covid-19

How youth sports teams are staying active and connected during a pandemic with JOGA’s #HomeTeamTogether campaign.

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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on daily life has made it challenging for everyone to stay physically active, but both professional and local sports teams might be feeling it the most right now. As Covid-19 spread globally, public health measures of self-isolation and physical distancing were mandated amongst almost all sports teams. Without much notice, sporting events, regular training, and practices came to a halt suddenly. In their place, many gyms and trainers started to move their businesses online, offering virtual classes to help people stay active while at home. Missing from these classes, though, is the sense of comradery you get from being with your team.

All sports teams and players, regardless of the league or tier, miss playing their sport and being with their teammates. We all know that physical activity is so important for our health and wellbeing, but exercise takes on a whole different meaning when you’re an athlete, and especially a young athlete. For athletes wondering how to stay in shape and stay motivated during Covid-19, a consistent and well-balanced training routine that includes safe exercise, as well as active recovery, is crucial. It is incredibly important for youth sports teams to keep up their training at a time like this to prepare young athletes physically and mentally for peak performance.

It is also important to stay active in times of self-isolation to maintain your mental health. With the cancellation and postponement of most sporting events and competitions, Covid-19 has affected the mental health of numerous athletes, not only as a result of social isolation but also due to the lack of having a regimented routine to follow, which athletes are normally so used to. Finding ways to help athletes and sports teams stay active during Covid-19 is not only necessary for boosting mood, but also providing them with the sense of purpose and connectedness that they are longing for right now. And that is why we decided to launch our #HomeTeamTogether Campaign!

#HomeTeamTogether is an initiative through JOGA World offering complimentary virtual sessions for teams to keep all teams together and moving during this challenging time. It is a way to provide high-level performance training to athletes at home to support their physical and mental wellbeing under the current global pandemic. By having JOGA coaches offer virtual training sessions for youth sports teams while at home, we aim to inspire sports teams through movement, comradery, and mentorship.

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THE WHY

“We strongly believe in the power of sport and the connection of athletes. We are truly stronger together.”

Our own JOGA community is made up of athletes, strength and conditioning coaches, fitness trainers, and more, so we know how it feels to be missing your team and sport during Covid-19. Sport in the time of Covid-19 has changed the way we, as athletes and fans, connect to each other and the game. JOGA’s #HomeTeamTogether campaign is meant to deliver a sense of normalcy and motivate athletes by reconnecting sports teams to the game and their fellow players.

THE WHO

The #HomeTeamTogether campaign is for youth sports teams ALL OVER. The special thing about this campaign is that it connects these youth sports teams with pro athletes to provide a sense of mentorship. At the end of a team’s complimentary session, a pro-athlete may come on to speak to the team and give words of encouragement, uniting all the different tiers of sport.

THE HOW

  • Step 1: Coaches reach out to local sports teams to offer a complimentary session.
  • Step 2: Teams are led through a JOGA session with a special guest appearance from a pro-athlete.
  • Step 3: After their session, the team will make a post using #HomeTeamTogether and tagging @joga_world, the coach who led their session, and two other teams, encouraging them to book a complimentary session.
  • Step 4: Tagged accounts are followed up with to then book their complimentary session.

#HomeTeamTogether Booking Form

Please complete the form below and a member of our #HomeTeamTogether program will be in contact with you to support your request to book Joga training sessions. If you have any questions, please contact us and a member of our team will get right back to you.

To book a #hometeamtogether session or for more information please fill out the form below:

 

How JOGA & Hockey Canada Have Teamed Up to Help Athletes of Any Age Be at Their Best

JOGA’s partnership with Hockey Canada features full workouts and Moves of the Month designed to strengthen, increase mobility, and aid mindfulness in hockey players of all ages.

Through the Hockey Canada website and Hockey Canada Network app, JOGA and Hockey Canada have been working together to deliver athletes, big and small, the tools they need to be at their best and most balanced.

Like most athletes, hockey players are playing and practicing all the time. This goes for young players as well. Many young hockey players are playing five to seven times a week. This means that these athletes are training the same muscle groups again and again.

The danger of training the same muscle groups too often is that you’re paving the way for injury and issues somewhere down the road. Repetitive use of the same muscle groups can lead to overuse injuries, like muscle strains or damage, because of repetitive stress on the body.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to train hard. It is natural, expected even, for athletes off all ages to be determined to get better, optimize performance, and improve their game. The problem lies in the negative effects of overtraining, and especially overtraining the same muscle groups.

Because skills and drills often involve only one side of the body, asymmetry begins to develop in the body. When athletes train only one side of the body, the other side begins to overcompensate. There is no way around it; if you favour one side of the body, that side of the body becomes stronger than the other, which results in muscle imbalances. This overcompensation will almost always lead to injury or pain as the supporting muscles weaken.

Most parents of young hockey players are used to their children complaining about pains in their lower backs or hips. This happens because when one area of the body is either stronger or weaker, or tighter or more mobile than the other, the body is less able to maintain proper alignment or function at its best. Muscle balance and active recovery of overworked muscles is crucial for injury prevention.

With our partnership with Hockey Canada, JOGA is helping teach kids, and even some more experienced athletes and coaches, about body awareness. By addressing how overtraining can not only fatigue muscles, but also how overtraining one side of the body can lead to muscle imbalances, we are helping prevent or reduce the risk of injury and pain moving forward, especially in young hockey players.

Since most athletes actually need to be tight to produce power, explosiveness, and speed, JOGA is not about making athletes flexible. Rather, JOGA is about establishing a balance between strength and mobility, while introducing athletes to the benefits of breathing and relaxation techniques that the science behind traditional Yoga provides.

Both athletes and parents of young hockey players will not only notice how JOGA can fix problems caused by muscular imbalances and weaknesses, but also how JOGA can improve your mindset to make you a better hockey player.

JOGA uses mindfulness and breathing techniques to help players sleep better at night or concentrate before going out on the ice. Once young hockey players see the upside of these tools, that they may have otherwise overlooked, they are more inclined to try them.

We understand that balancing the body or practicing mindfulness may not be second nature to most hockey players, but the more you practice it and the earlier you introduce these valuable tools, the better a player will get at utilizing and benefiting from them. So get to practicing with full JOGA workouts on the Hockey Canada Network app or with the JOGA Move of the Month demonstration videos posted every month on JOGA and Hockey Canada’s accounts!

TESTIMONIALS

“What benefited me the most is the way we worked on my posture. In addition to that, my hips and hamstrings were always tight in the past. Now they, never get tight and I feel very fluid.”

CHRIS CARTER

Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL

TESTIMONIALS

“To be successful on the field, you have to be both physically and mentally prepared! I believe JOGA is the perfect blend of recovery, performance, and conditioning. I love JOGA because it not only makes my body feel better, but it allows my mind to let go.”

CHAD OWENS

Wide Receiver and Kick Returner, Toronto Argonauts, CFL

TESTIMONIALS

“I was looking for something new and that made sense with how my players move. This is when I was introduced to JOGA, a movement based program to help my players recover and maintain strength and mobility without sacrificing time. I felt it was an effective way of training”

BILL BURGOSS

NBA Orlando Magic Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

TESTIMONIALS

“When trying to establish a foundation of strength JOGA segments 1 and 2 are very good for teaching the athlete balance and body control. This helps to increase strength and explosive power down the line.”

ANTHONY HARVEY

NBA Detroit Pistons Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

TESTIMONIALS

“JOGA is different than a traditional yoga class as it takes into consideration how athletes move, train and digest information. It’s program based and encompasses all of the physical properties needed to support elite performance.”

MUBARAK MALIK

NBA New York Knicks Director Of Sports Performance

TESTIMONIALS

“When I started with Jana this past summer I noticed an immediate improvement in the way I felt physically. She paid close attention to the way my body was built and my strengths and weaknesses, allowing me to work on and improve strength and mobility that would immediately help me as an athlete. The work was very specific and tailored to my position. I’m very confident that it helped me on the ice when the season started. I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future.”

DEVAN DUBNYK

Goaltender, Minnesota Wild, NHL

TESTIMONIALS

“Yoga can be an integral part of the off-season training of any athlete. It is important, however, to find an instructor who understands the demands of your sport and the strength and conditioning program. Jana and the JOGA staff have a done a great job of tailoring a program to meet the needs of my athletes and are willing and able to customize their sessions based on my feedback.”

MATT NICHOL

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Creator of BioSteel Sports Supplements