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Le yoga et le sport

Practicing Yoga can be useful as a complement to sport’s practice. These past few years more and more sportsmen and sportswomen have started practicing yoga in order to improve their physical and mental state. Whether they are surfers, golf players or athletes, all are praising the benefits of yoga on their sports practice.

Yoga is a complementary practice thanks to its effects on a physical , mental level but also on the spirit.

Yoga and surfing


Surfing is a complete sport which associates body movement with wave motion. Surfing and yoga are practices based on body feelings and concentration. Practicing yoga is an asset to improve surfing from a physical point of view as well as mentally.

  • Physical level

Surfing is a demanding sport for back and arms muscles.

Balinese yoga seeks to make the body work in order to improve its sheath, balance and flexibility. Thanks to each posture, each body part is strengthened and balanced. This body’s strengthening helps a surfer lasting longer during a session and carrying on for several sessions.

Balance is an important aspect in yoga because of the numerous balanced postures it requires. Balance plays also a crucial role in surfing during the take-off and riding stages. Yoga helps getting into balanced postures by concentrating and controlling the body. Controlling the body while making an effort helps preventing injuries. Balinese yoga enables an individual to learn how to feel his body and muscles while staying for several breaths in the same posture. So, as in surfing, one must learn to get in and out of a posture.

Balinese yoga focuses a lot on flexibility, a skill some surfers may want to improve. If a body develops muscles without stretching them they become shortened and so it lacks flexibility. However, flexibility is crucial in surfing if one wants to do larger movements, work out better postures and avoid injuries.

A yoga session practiced before a surfing session helps warming up muscles, stretching them, relaxing the body, working on breathing and concentrating.

A yoga session practiced after a surfing session helps relaxing muscles in order to avoid stiffness and injuries.

Yoga sessions seek to counterbalance surfing’s physical effects and to rebalance the body.

A good breathing is vital for a surfer. Balinese yoga is a practice focused on breathing. Movements are linked to breath which is important in sport’s practice. When each movement is linked to breath it put less strain on the body and this enables it to make more efforts.

Thanks to Pranayama, Balinese yoga helps working on one’s breathing and becoming tougher during surfing’s practice.

Breath management’s technique acquired by practicing yoga is a considerable asset for surfing. Breath is more regular , and recovery quicker. Linking one’s breath to the postures’ rhythm is like linking movements to a wave’s rhythm. Hence, in case of a fall, it is essential to control one’s breathing and to stay calm in order to avoid wasting unnecessarily oxygen under water.

  • Mental level

Whether through the asana practice, breathing or meditation’s exercises, concentration is an asset in yoga. You need to be concentrated on the present instant to get into a posture or out of it. In surfing, you also need to be concentrated to ride a wave and not to lose concentration between two waves. Meditation is an asset for learning how to concentrate as well as visualizing a goal to achieve, a wave to ride.

Many professional surfers have started practicing yoga firstly to improve their body and secondly to work on their concentration as it is very useful for competing.

According to Gerry Lopes « The benefits of yoga practice for surfing can go far. Whether for strength, flexibility, or simply breathing better, all these skills play a crucial role in surfing. »

Kelly Slater has started practicing yoga again to remedy his lack of flexibility. According to him, « Most of my injuries were due to stiff joints, muscle spasms or postural unbalance, and yoga is ideal for preventing this, while helping working on breathing, while helping working on breathing. »

Yoga and golf


Golf is a demanding sport which requires movements control as well as concentration. . Yoga can be an excellent complement in order to improve its physical and mental elements.

  • Physical level

Golf is a sport which put a strain on the whole body, in particular the back, the shoulders and the neck. It’s an asymmetrical sport because the swing is always done on the same side. Muscles are therefore more developed on one side than the other. Balinese yoga helps make muscles working out in depth and in a balanced way. Back muscles are quickly strengthened which is essential to avoid injuries by doing repetitive twisting such as swinging.

Swinging is a movement which requires strength and flexibility of the higher part of the body. Balinese yoga focuses a lot on twisting and stretching the back in order to increase its flexibility. In yoga’s practice, after a while, one learns how to keep a posture without feeling any discomfort, , by using the right muscles and by setting breathing in motion in the parts under stress. Understanding and listening to one’s body are essential to practice both yoga and golf.

Because of the numerous postures it involves, yoga’s practice will muscle any part in depth and also rebalance the different parts thanks to stretching. It enables balancing the physical effects of golf in order to avoid muscular unbalance and any risk of injury. Yoga seeks to relax muscles under stress.

Yoga improves back and shoulders’ flexibility enabling bigger and easier movements when practicing golf.

Working out on the thorax, as well as balance , and relaxation are essential to improve one’s game.

Controlling one’s breathing thanks to pranayama is an excellent technique to manage stress , and competition’s pressure. By controlling one’s breathing by the mind, it does not accelerate and consequently one is able to do precise movements because the body doesn’t shake.

  • Mental level

Yoga and golf are activities usually practiced in silence. Concentration is an important element. By practicing yoga one learns to stay concentrated in a posture without wandering about. A golf player also needs concentration whether when striking a ball or between holes. Through meditation, yoga helps focusing on a particular point and visualizing it inside. The mind is not distracted, and the golf player can visualize his stroke and the place where he must position the ball.

A lot of golf players have started practicing yoga such as Jack Nicklaus.

Yoga and running


Running, whether practiced for cross country, marathon or triathlon, is a sport which in the long term wears down the body. Running and yoga are similar as in both practices, the whole body is involved. The mental aspect is an essential part when practicing both activities.

  • Physical level

Running is a demanding sport which requires a sustained effort from the body. Joints such as heels, knees or even hips are put under a lot of stress and muscles are tense. All runners suffer one day from joint pains or muscle injuries.

Yoga’s practice helps the runner having a better control over his body.

Muscular strengthening is essential for the runner’s body muscle tone. More developed muscles of the lower and the higher part of the body lead to a better posture daily as well as during the race. The body stays straight without requiring any effort.

Balinese yoga enables whole body stretching. It helps becoming aware of each body part, and to activate them gently. Postures activate oxygen and blood circulation in the body. Having a more flexible body means less muscular tension and better managing one’s race.

After a run, yoga helps stretching the body in order to avoid . It rebalances the body by making up for muscular and articular efforts. Having a stretched and relaxed body prevent shortening of muscles and hence Injuries.

Running requires having a good breathing to be able to sustain the race. A runner out of breath will lose control over his race on a physical and mental level. Breathing takes on great importance in Balinese yoga. Breath is crucial for oxygenation of the body parts under tension , for staying concentrated. Respiratory capacity is increased by doing the various breathing exercises, by doing the various breathing exercises. Breathing becomes easier in daily life as well as during running practice. Yoga teaches us to control our breathing with our mind despite the effort required from the body. Recovery is quickened after a race.

  • Mental level

Running is a sport which requires being tough mentally. Despite problems occurring during a race, the runner must stay concentrated and not focus on muscular tiredness, opponents ... .

In balinese yoga, concentration is focused on breathing, a body part or even a particular point, a sound... .

Working on one’s concentration, whether by practicing postures or with meditation’s help, , is an essential element in daily life or in a sport’s practice.

Practicing yoga is an excellent tool for all sportsmen and sportswomen who wish to complement their sport. Strength, flexibility, balance, breathing and concentration are important elements in yoga practice as well as in sport’s practice.

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