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 Yoga and Sports: Tennis

Tennis requires cat-like reflexes with short bursts of strength. These short movements do not allow the muscles to fully extend.

Yoga and Sports: Tennis

When muscles are worked vigorously, they tighten and can lose their elasticity unless properly stretched. Yoga exercises can increase the body's range of motion.

Lack of movement due to inflexibility binds the joints. Without the elasticity of the muscles, I believe an athlete can be a prisoner within their own body.

Yoga and Sports: Tennis

The use of yoga techniques allows the muscles to be retrained. Most tennis athletes play in a constant state of muscle tension.

Yoga trains the body to relax muscle tension. Learning to start your game in a relaxed state could mean gaining an extra step on the ball.

When you are in a ready position, the muscles are contracted and ready for action. To move, the muscles must be relaxed and then contracted again to jump in any direction.

When retraining the muscles, start from a relaxed position, which speeds up reaction time.

Yoga breathing exercises can help improve stamina and endurance. When we play sports or exercise, we often hold our breath as a way to build strength.

Yoga trains the body to build strength by controlling the breath. Holding the breath at points of exertion requires a great deal of energy that could be used during long sets or matches.

Yoga and Sports: Tennis

Learning the correct way while doing a yoga pose is simple. Exhale during the execution of a pose until you feel the full length of stretch in the muscles (maximum resistance). Never hold your breath.

Breathe normally and listen to the body. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then release the pose slowly. By consistently practicing yoga postures, you will soon apply breathing techniques in daily routines.

A simple twist of the spine is excellent for rotational sports. It can help increase the necessary flexibility of the shoulders, back and hips. Remember to apply the breathing technique to this pose.

Begin to rotate the spine by sitting on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Keeping the spine straight, bend the left leg by placing the left foot on the outside of the right knee. Now, place the left hand on the floor behind you with the arm straight and the right elbow bent. Positioned on the outside of the left thigh, place the right hand on the left hip.

Yoga and Sports: Tennis

Exhale slowly as you turn the head and upper body to the left, looking over the left shoulder. The right arm pressure should keep the left leg stationary, while the left arm pressure and torso give you the twist.

Stronger use of both arms increases the twist. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and repeat the twist on the opposite side.

A total body conditioning and flexibility routine is essential for the avid tennis player. Yoga techniques could be the edge you

need to develop your game.

Yoga and sports: skiing

It's amazing what yoga does for skiing. People can ski all day and much better.

Conditioning before hitting the slopes can increase safety and enjoyment of the sport. Most ski injuries occur early in the day, when muscles are tight and enthusiasm is high, and late in the day, when muscles are weakened and technique is poor.

A simple yoga exercise called awkward posture can increase your strength, balance and concentration, which will make the ski season more rewarding.

It consists of three variations performed sequentially.

To begin, stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart, evenly spaced (about six inches) between your heels and toes. Extend your arms out in front of you parallel to the floor with your shoulders pressed down and away from your head. Keep your upper body strong and firm in this position.

Bend your knees and return your weight to your heels, pushing your buttocks out behind you. When the upper thighs are parallel to the floor and the arms, hold the pose. The feet should be kept parallel and the knees should only be shoulder-width apart.

A good way to think about adopting this posture is to imagine sitting in an invisible chair by leaning back to bring the spine and shoulders against the back of the chair. Your arm muscles contract, your abdomen remains tense and your breathing should be normal. Hold the pose for 20 seconds. Rising.

The second part of this series is similar to the first. Keep your upper body the same as before and stand up straight on the tips of your toes, standing as tall as possible with your arches pressed forward. To keep the ankles strong and straight, press down with each big toe. Now, bend your knees again keeping your spine straight and stop when your quads are parallel to the floor. Hold this pose for 20 seconds. Rise up. You'll find this second pose a little more difficult.

Third, assume the same basic pose with the upper body firm and strong. Again, slowly bend your knees and this time sit fully back on your heels. Now press the knees together and keep the body still. The quads are level with the floor again and the spine is straight. Hold again for 20 seconds. Rise from the pose slowly, lower your heels and relax. Don't forget to do a second set of all three poses.