I’m certain yoga helps 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 stop breathing. I began focusing on a steady breath and my muscles relaxed. I was able to play better.
I recalled yoga legend, my teacher Lilias Folan reminding me to align with my “witness self,” the part that observes everything with detachment and compassion.
As in yoga, tonight’s tennis became about observing my breath. And about hitting an exceptionally high number of great shots! I stepped into that coveted Zone. There, a “bad” shot didn’t upset me; rather I observed it was just a placement of my body which yielded a result.
The results were marvelous. We won.