3 Ways Practicing Yoga Can Improve Your Golf Game
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I have always believed in working on both my strength and flexibility for my golf game.
However, as I have grown older, I have struggled to maintain both of those things. I recently turned to yoga and was pleasantly surprised by how much better I felt day-to-day and increasing both strength and flexibility. I always thought of yoga as sitting cross-legged in deep mental concentration doing deep breathing, but today’s “Power Yoga” is a whole new thing.
Daina Wasserstrom is a Certified Health Coach and Lifestyle Counselor from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with extensive continued training Level I Yoga For Golfers and a certification of Level II Master Yoga For Golfers, with TPI certification.
Daina believes incorporating a daily yoga practice is essential for keeping our body in motion. She is happy to be part of her golf fanatic family as an aspiring 11 handicap. She is the founder of Hit OM Straight Yoga and Balance. Breathe. Believe. Here are her thoughts on the matter.
In a major tournament, Jack Nicklaus was putting for the lead when a dog ran onto the green. Jack proceeded to sink the putt. Later, when asked if the dog distracted him, Jack responded, “What dog?”indbodygreen.com,
Golfers call this being “in the zone,” and yogis would perhaps describe it as withdrawing from the senses or having a one-pointed concentration.
Golf is an intensive mind-body sport, requiring strong mental discipline. Yoga teaches us how to remain focused in the present moment, which can greatly aid the internal and external challenges on the golf course.The golf swing occurs in approximately two seconds, beginning from a static position, proceeding through the swing, with explosive power at impact. During the swing, the trunk and spine move in three planes of motion, supported by flexibility, balance, and strength. These three foundational components can all be cultivated through a dedicated yoga practice.