KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz has added a new element to its One Team sessions this season, incorporating yoga as a tool to develop emotional intelligence both on the basketball court and in life.
The Spanish club is delivering its activities for One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program, together with the Gizarterako Association, a local organisation with a strong street presence which focuses on social integration.
Baskonia’s 5+11 Foundation uses the example of basketball to promote healthy lifestyle habits and other important values such as sportsmanship, hard work, teamwork and tolerance.
This season the club has created two groups of boys and girls aged 6 to 12, who work together once a week, with the addition of yoga lessons provided by highly qualified teacher Helena Knorr.
Practicing yoga provides a deep sense of calmness, and a stronger awareness of body, mind and spirit. Its direct health benefits include a sense of balance in the emotional and mental states, as well as providing a healing process to individuals in difficult social or personal circumstances.
With Baskonia and One Team, Helena is focusing on emotional intelligence at an individual level by using conscious breathing, mindfulness of movement and balance. And at the group level, she encourages non-verbal communication and group cohesion.
“We are teaching a yoga session which will be focused on the different components of emotional intelligence,” Helena explained. “We explore qualities like assertiveness, conciseness, awareness of the body and how we behave. At the group level we add the element of teambuilding, which is of course very important to basketball.”
One Team, supported by Turkish Airlines as the One Team Founding Patron and with the collaboration of Special Olympics as Proud Partner, uses basketball to achieve meaningful social impact in our communities across Europe and is supported by every club in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has already helped more than 16,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.