Tennis Yoga

I’m certain yoga has helped my tennis. After more than a year away from the game, I am playing better than when I practiced regularly!

During a difficult match, I noticed how often I stopped breathing. By focusing on a steady breath cycle, my muscles relaxed and I was able to play better.  As in yoga, tonight’s tennis became about observing my breath.  And about hitting an exceptionally high number of great shots!

I had recalled the words of my yoga teacher Lilias and aligned with my “witness self,” the part of us that observes with detachment and compassion.  Maybe I even stepped into that coveted place in sports called The Zone.  In that zone, a “bad” shot didn’t upset me; rather it was just a placement of my body which yielded a result.

However it happened, the results were marvelous.  We won 🙂

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