PERFORMANCE YOGA – 05.25.15 (Love the Grind!)

Grind is defined as “to reduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it.”  Crushing it … a phrase that any athlete loves to utter or hear spoken about them.  Whether it is crushing the crux on a boulder problem in climbing, taking an 0-2 hanging curve ball into the seats or that lob in tennis that is at the perfect height to smash, the moment when we get to crush is exhilarating.

Grind is also defined as “to move with difficulty or friction especially so as to make a grating noise.”  With all of the amazing moments listed above, what is not shared is the number of failures.  The number of times we had to move through difficulty to come to the same scenario again and again and hope for a new result.  How do we eliminate from our minds the number of times we’ve fallen at that same move on the boulder problem?  How do we eliminate from our minds the number of strikeouts?  How do we eliminate from our minds the number of overheads that have sailed long or wide?  We grind.

Through athletics and through life, we grind.  Each of us deals with difficulty.  So how do we eliminate the negative thoughts when in moments of despair?  We hold true to ourselves and bring it regardless of the past.  The present is for the grinders.  Those of us that choose to press on in the face of repetitive frustration.  Here’s to the grinders that never give up on themselves.  You are worth it!  Now go do it!  Welcome to the grind …

Love the Grind!

“There is always a way to get the job done – even when you are struggling in one area of your game.  Figure out how to close the deal on that day!

When you are struggling with your driver in golf, win with your short game.  When your shots aren’t dropping in basketball, be a glove on defense.  Step up your game rather than throw in the towel.  Refuse to quit even when a scenario seems bleak or hopeless.

Use these acronyms … UBE – “Ugly but Effective” or GBD “Good Bad Day”

Keep your head in the game and grind it out!”

BOOK – “The Champion’s Mind:  How Great Athletes think, train and thrive.” by Jim Afremow  (BUY IT!)

Winston Salem RoadRunners – 7.20.14 (Ryan O’Reilly – NHL)

The Winston Salem RoadRunners made a stop by the studio last night for what is becoming our regular Sunday night practice together.  The boys had a busy weekend as they were in Durham Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a track meet.  I had some wonderful news relayed to me about some PR’s (Personal Records), first place finishes and even some yoga moves after races (which naturally I was extremely proud of!).  So after such a busy weekend, you’d think they’d have a tough time getting motivated to do a little yoga, right?  Wrong!  They ate it up!  I was so impressed with how the boys came in (and yes, they were goofy … but we’re all goofy … you just have to embrace it!) and were ready to stretch out some tight hamstrings, calves, and other muscle groups.  We’ll have one more practice together before they had out to Iowa next week for a national track event.  Below is the focus and meditation that we used last night.  As we continue to use popular athletes as our focus, we talked about Ryan O’Reilly of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

Avs forward Ryan O’Reilly is big into yoga!

  Excerpts from the Article.

“It’s by far the toughest training, and best training, I do,” O’Reilly said. “I could go on and on about what it’s done for me, but if you look at injury-wise, preventing injuries, it’s a huge thing.”

O’Reilly, who tries to practice yoga at least twice a week, about 75 minutes at a time, has missed only 10 NHL games since signing with the Avs in 2009 at age 18. 

“In yoga, it’s not like you’re lifting weights and just building muscle mass. You’re working all the fibers, all the tissue. A lot of times guys get hurt (playing hockey) because they’re extended and don’t have that strength and flexibility,” O’Reilly said. “Yoga is the teacher of strength and flexibility, and it activates everything.”

“Controlling your breath is a huge benefit for me,” O’Reilly said. “When you do yoga classes, you’re so present in every little detail inside your body. And when I play hockey, I try to do the same thing — especially after a bad shift. I try to come back to my breath, inhale and exhale, and that brings you back into the moment. I’m like, ‘OK, I’m recovered. What am I going to do now?’ “