Yoga for golf is highly underestimated. Personally, these two activities go hand in hand, as a yogi must find a way to channel power, energy and peace and a golfer must find a way to stay safe and have a quality career.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines yoga as “a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga (the Hindu theistic philosophy) but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being.” One slight addition I would make, is that it is also a great practice for enriching and furthering an athlete’s success, especially for a golfer.
Yoga for golf is a practice of basic movements and poses that stretch, lengthen and strengthen the muscles of the back, hips and core to help a golfer play smarter, not harder. These stretches ensure the muscles stay limber and safe throughout a lifetime of smashing golf balls. Not all golfers take the art of yoga seriously, but with serious patience and a commitment to practice, you could add years to your golf life.
Here are two basic movements to learn and practice every day:
CAT COW POSE
Cat-Cow is a sequence of two yoga poses that work together to warm up your body and can help relieve back pain when practiced consistently.
Benefits: Strengthens and stretches the spine, back and abdominal muscles.
1. Place hands and knees on ground to make a flat table top with your back.
2. Move into Cow posture first with an inhale by dropping your belly to the ground and lifting your tailbone and chin to the sky.
3. As you exhale, move into Cat pose by lifting your belly, dropping your chin, elongating the top of your head toward the floor and rounding your back.
4. Repeat this process 10 times.
Sphinx pose is just as you imagine it, like those Egyptian mythological creatures with the head of a human and the body of a lion.
Benefits: Opens up the lower back, chest and abdomen.
1. Start on your belly with your legs extended behind you and the bottoms of your feet facing up. The tops of your toes and feet should be on the mat.
2. Bring your elbows under your shoulders, your hands and forearms flat on the mat and your chin on the mat.
3. Push up, elongating your spine and keeping your elbows tucked at your sides with your forearms on the ground. Lift your chin up toward the sky.
4. Hold for 10 breaths.
It’s time to start taking yoga seriously. Check out Instagram for more yoga poses and inspiration coming daily! And, more yoga poses are coming, so keep an eye out on the blog.