Summary: Go through the blog to find out some of the best Yoga poses that should be practiced by a Tennis player.
Tennis is one of the most fast-paced sports on the planet. It is all about speed, flexibility, robustness, and stamina. At times, the sport can be unpitying. The longest Tennis match in the history between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut took more than 11 hours to decide the result. The only thing that can helps you in a Tennis court is your insistence to stay there and fight. In many ways, life and one’s Tennis career are quite similar. The way life keeps throwing challenges, every passing day is more taxing than the previous one.
Yoga is an ancient India-born science and a way of life. It shows the ideal way of living on this planet with ease and felicity. The discipline has proved to be a worthwhile force for Tennis players in their zeal for attaining mastery in the game. Yoga not only makes a player strong enough to hang on the court for a long time but also improves their way of living to stay fresh and concentrated. Let’s talk about some of the yogic exercises that players should practice on a daily basis to better their overall performance.
The action of your hands and shoulders matters the most in Tennis. These parts of the body should be in the finest shape if one is planning to take up tennis. Gomukhasana offers the required flexibility to the shoulders, arms, and thighs by stretching them in the finest way. The pose is also an awesome exercise for opening the chest up, which is a sign of self-confidence. During the performance of the asana, the hands meet behind the back with one going from beside the ear and the other going from below the shoulder. The knees should be bent and are placed in front over the other.
Chaturanga Dandasana is an amazing pose for nourishing the core muscles and providing strength to the arms. Before the flying shots of your opponent test your arms vigor and wrist flexibility, the Four-limbed Staff Pose makes you ready to give befitting replies. The asana is performed with the whole body weight held on the palms and the toes. The arms are in line with the body, which is completely parallel to the ground. While the body, from the head to toes, remains in a straight line, it also improves the body anatomy. With this practice, self-belief gets emerged in the brain and one feels victorious from inside.
Trikonasana is a popular physical exercise for complete body stretching. The advanced Trikonasana (Parivrtta) becomes more important for Tennis players, since they need to resist different awkward positions in the court. Revolved Triangle pose enhances the pliability of the hips, shoulders, knees, etc. The exercise is helpful in boosting the flow of blood throughout the body parts. To practice this, keep your feet wide apart on the mat. Bend forward to touch the right heel with the left hand and vice-versa. The other hand should be in the air without bending the elbow. Make sure the knees do not bend.
The practice of Virabhadrasana II matches with the playing stance of a Tennis player to some extent. The asana stretches the chest, thighs, groins, etc. and offers stability to the legs. Standing straight on the ground, take a step rightward to keep the right leg perpendicular to the ground, while keeping the left one unbent. Raise your hands to bring them parallel to the ground and the right thigh. Open the chest up to show vitality. The practice should be repeated on the other side as well and should be continued for at least 10 times to gain the maximum benefits.
In Tennis, all your concentration needs to be on the ball of 8.2 inches circumference. Losing attention even for a second may cost you the match. Baddha Konasana prepares one to have a great power of concentration, along with boosting stability and inner firmness. The practice is regarded as a good exercise for strengthening the hips and opening the groin. The Bound Angle Pose is a seated asana, which is practiced by joining the soles in front of the pelvis. A practitioner can also benefit from the exercise in nourishing his/her spinal health.
Author Bio : Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes Yoga Retreat In Nepal. He loveswriting and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.