Stephenville, Texas—a tiny town that's about a two-hour drive from Dallas—isn't exactly known for its booming yoga scene. So when Greg Winder, head coach of Stephenville High School, decided to hold weekly yoga classes for his football players and other athletes, he wasn't expecting much of a turnout. Then 130 students signed up.
"We hadn't been expecting so many people to give yoga a shot," says Winder. "We had to move them to the big gym, and we ran out of mats, so we used towels."
While Winder himself hadn't had much experience with yoga, when two of his players found they were dealing with tightness in their hips, they decided to give yoga a shot. After reporting back about how helpful it had been, Winder started clicking around YouTube to see what all the hype was about.
He quickly decided that a weekly yoga class should be added to the summer camp curriculum. "I thought I would have a hard time selling it, but I think because a couple of my players had already done it, the rest of them were intrigued. Plus, people like new things, and yoga is new for them."