Here are three yoga poses from certified yoga instructor (and golf enthusiast) Julie Grossman to help you on the golf course.
“There is such a strong mental component in golf, and yoga really helps me with that.”
Yoga, derived from the Sanskrit for “yoke,” refers to the union of mind and body. Yoga offers many positive benefits for athletes, including golfers, both physically and mentally. Golfers ranging from Tiger Woods to Michelle Wie have practised yoga. Consider adding yoga to your warm-up, cool down, home workouts or even a quick stretch before the back nine.
These yoga poses are suggestions and should be done under the supervision of a qualified professional.
Revolved Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold
Revolved Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold, or in Sanskrit, “Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana” is more than just an exercise for the tongue. This pose starts with a wide stance and a forward bend to touch the ground. If and when you are ready, you can rotate the shoulders and reach above your head (see picture).
This opens the shoulders and stretches and soothes the upper back. It releases tension in the neck. It also opens the hips and allows for improved rotation on the swing.
Seated Spinal Twist
The seated spinal twist does exactly what it says. Start in a seated position with one leg crossed over the other, then twist the opposite elbow to the top knee (see picture). This stretches and strengthens the whole spinal column while releasing pain and tension in the upper back. It can also release some tightness in the hips.
Dirga Pranayama is the practice of “belly breathing.” You can learn this technique with one hand on the heart and one on the abdomen. You should breathe deeply into your abdomen, while your chest stays still.
This is a calming way to breathe, and focusing on breath can relax you and release stress, so you can bounce back from a bad shot. As you practice this style of breathing (and all these exercises) more, they become more natural and routine!
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About Julie Grossman
Julie Grossman, RYT-200 is an avid golfer and a certified yoga instructor, with over 15 years of creating and teaching yoga and movement classes. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband, son, and dog. You can find her online at www.golfingflamingo.com