Yoga And Sports Tennis

Yoga and Sports: Tennis

Tennis requires cat-like reflexes with short bursts of ​ strength. These short movements do not allow the​ muscles to​ ​ extend their full length. When muscles are strenuously worked they become tight and can lose their elasticity unless properly stretched. Yoga exercises can increase the​ body's range of ​ motion. the​ lack of ​ movement because of ​ inflexibility binds the​ joints. Without the​ elasticity of ​ the​ muscles,​ I think an athlete can be a ​ prisoner within his own body.

Using yoga techniques makes it ​ possible to​ ​ retrain the​ muscles. Most tennis athletes play in​ ​ a ​ constant state of ​ muscle tension. Yoga trains the​ body to​ ​ relax muscle tension. Learning to​ ​ begin your game in​ ​ a ​ relaxed state could mean gaining an extra step on​ the​ ball.

When in​ ​ a ​ ready position muscles are contracted and ready for action. to​ ​ move,​ muscles must be relaxed and then contracted again to​ ​ spring in​ ​ any direction. By retraining the​ muscles you begin from a ​ relaxed position,​ giving a ​ quickened reaction time.

Yoga breathing exercises can help improve endurance and stamina. When exerting in​ ​ sports or exercise we​ often hold the​ breath as a ​ way to​ ​ create strength. Yoga trains the​ body to​ ​ create strength through breathing control. Holding the​ breath at points of ​ exertion takes a ​ great deal of ​ energy that could be used during long sets or matches.

Learning the​ correct way while doing a ​ yoga pose is​ ​ simple. Exhale during the​ execution of ​ a ​ pose until you feel the​ muscles' full length of ​ stretch (maximum resistance). Never hold your breath. Breathe normally and listen to​ ​ the​ body. Hold for 30 seconds,​ then release the​ pose slowly. By constant practice of ​ yoga poses you'll soon apply breathing techniques in​ ​ everyday routines.

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

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

Slowly exhale while turning the​ head and upper body to​ ​ the​ left,​ looking over the​ left shoulder. Pressure from the​ right arm should keep the​ left leg stationary while pressure from the​ left arm and torso gives you the​ twist. Stronger use of ​ both arms increases the​ twist. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and repeat 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 in​ ​ developing your game.

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