What is it?
Although yoga has been in the mainstream of general fitness for a few years, golfers are finally realizing that it works wonders for their game. PGA players Camilo Villegas and Vijay Singh swear by it. In golf, the power of your swing starts from the ground up, which means that all the curls in the world won’t help you hit longer drives or swing fewer strokes. Yoga will help tremendously, however. Swing power is generated from the lower body to the hips, the trunk, the shoulders, the arms, and out to the club. A lot of yoga postures are good at getting deep into the connective tissue and musculature of the hips. The hips initiate the downswing, so having mobility in the hips and strong glutes is critical for generating power.
What’s in it for me?
Yoga increases the range of motion in joints. And no matter your level of yoga, most people see results in very short order. It also improves:
- Muscle tone
- Mood and concentration
- Reduces stress
- Heightens spiritual awareness
- Increases self-acceptance
- Quiets the mind
- Relieves the symptoms of back pain, arthritis, insomnia and multiple sclerosis
What should I wear or bring to class?
- Baggy T-shirts are fine for guys, but women should wear tighter-fitting tops, quick-dry capris or full-length fitted pants so the instructor can check proper alignment.
- Experiment with layers. Consider wearing a lightweight sweatshirt over a tank top so you’ll be warm at the beginning and end of class when there is less movement.
- Yoga socks. They aren’t necessary but will help you avoid from slipping on your mat, which can get very frustrating, particularly in higher-intensity classes.
- Yoga mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own.
How fit should I be?
When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or too tight to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility.
How often should I take a class?
That’s a bit tricky to answer. Once or twice a week will help you feel less stressed and more stretched and fuel your fire to do more. The trouble is, if you only do yoga once a week, it sort of feels like starting over every time. You’ll feel the benefits of an individual session, but it’s hard to build a practice. At least three times per week is recommended.
Can I attend classes while pregnant?
Yes, as long as it’s OK with your doctor. Please contact us for details regarding required modifications for the safety of both you and your baby.
Yoga for Golf
What is it?
A series of yoga poses that safely stretches your muscles. These same movements also release lactic acid that builds up with muscle use, which often causes stiffness, tension, pain and fatigue.
Can it help me relax on the course?
Absolutely. The No. 1 one reason for swing faults is tension in the body, a byproduct of poor blood flow and lack of breath. The fastest way to relax the body and calm the mind is through the breath because it’s the easiest, most efficient way to the calm heart.
What are the overall benefits?
- Longer drives
- Better focus
- Lower scores