Why Golf and Yoga Are So Complementary
One of the most interesting similarities between the sport of golf and the
discipline of yoga is that to achieve the best results you have to engage your
mental faculties in a big way. Both in fact rely majorly upon the mind, and
yet the majority of people try to turn a blind eye to this fact.
For some reason, most people prefer to focus on the physical mechanics of
the golf spielen swing or the physical stretching in yoga and do not see their
way to looking deeper. Yet, once one delves into the mental realms of
either golf or yoga both practices become transformed onto a far superior
level. It is only by engaging the mindfully that one will achieve optimal
The lessons learned in both golf and yoga are frequently surprisingly similar.
You learn the arts of balance, focus, being in the now, being mindful,
working with your body instead of against it, relaxing, and controlling your
You are no doubt already aware of the yoga benefits of strength, stamina,
and flexibility. But this is just scratching the surface of the myriad benefits
of yoga that can exponentially elevate your game of golf.
In your yoga practice, you work with your breath. Inhaling and opening your
body – prana. And exhaling and releasing your body – Apana. Working
with your breath instead of fighting it, harnessing your energy, and
In golf, you can use your breath in the same way. Maximizing your power,
swinging in tune with your breath, making it easier, and your swing flowing
with your breath, naturally and instinctively.
As you breathe in and pause for a moment before exhaling, this could be
reflected in the slight pause at the top of the backswing.
As you breathe regularly, deeply, and rhythmically your body remains
relaxed and free from anxiety or nerves. In attending to your breathing you
ensure that you remain relaxed and that your swing is relaxed.
No first tee nerves, no anxiety, so long as you attend to your breath. No