3 Yoga Poses Tennis Players Need to Unwind
Whether on the tennis court or off, all of us get stressed during the day. Sometimes we let this stress take over, and other times we do our best to let it roll off our backs. But, regardless of which route we decide to take, stress takes a toll on our body and mind.
Using yoga is a great way to unwind after a game of tennis because it releases built up tension in the body. Even if we don’t realize it, stress impacts our body physically as much as it does mentally, which is why taking time to stretch and relax is so beneficial.
These three easy yoga poses can be done anywhere, anytime, especially when you feel yourself starting to get stressed.
- Child’s Pose
One of the most restorative and simple poses in yoga, Child’s Pose directly impacts your nervous system, providing you with refuge and respite when you need it most. Whether your hips touch your heels or not is less important than allowing the center of your forehead to rest on the ground. For added comfort, place a rolled blanket under your thighs.
- Seated Twist
Twists in yoga are thought of as a way to literally “wring” your body out. And, after a long, stressful match or day, that’s exactly what you need to do. While there are a lot of variations on this pose, the essentials are to keep your hips firmly planted on the ground (don’t let one sneak up as you turn) and to make sure you are focusing the twist from your thoracic spine (moving your ribs to turn rather than your low back).
- Cow Face Arms
For so many of us, especially tennis players, stress sneaks into our shoulders, causing them to tighten and even be painful. This yoga stretch is great because it can be done anywhere, from the side of the tennis court to your desk at work and even in bed. If you find that your hands can’t touch each other, don't worry. Just use a strap (or something like a dog leash or piece of clothing) to "bridge the gap", as they say.
Ensuring that your body (and mind) get the attention they need after a match of tennis or a stressful day will help you recover faster and feel ready to take on tomorrow.