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 – 7.16.14 (German National Soccer Team)

It was another great night with the Winston Salem RoadRunners!  The group of five boys that I am working with are really doing a great job.  With the age ranges from 11-16, it is really impressive how they can focus during savasana.  As much as we are working to increase flexibility, strength and start to gain a sense of balance through understanding their center of gravity, the ability to focus is extremely important at their age.  They have a track meet this weekend and I’m really interested and excited to see how they do.  Hopefully I can report back after our class on Sunday that they noticed some differences either with their flexibility (prevent injuries before and after races), strength (increase in 50m, 100m relays) and have a better sense of their body in the starting blocks.  Taking yoga to athletes is a big passion of mine and I’m extremely excited that the Winston Salem RoadRunners have partnered with Yoga Mindset and allowed me to work with the boys.  Can’t wait to hear how this weekend goes!  Last class we brought up Calvin Johnson and how the Detroit Lions use yoga with their players for the above reasons.  Tonight we talked about the German Men’s National Soccer Team.  Check out the article below and the meditation we used tonight.  Thanks for reading!

German Footballers Turn to Yoga

Balance – the state of having your weight spread evenly so as not to fall.
Balance poses, like tree, eagle and others, strengthen your lower legs and hone your proprioception so you grow more aware of where you body is in space.  The poses also teach a more subtle awareness of your body’s center of gravity in different positions.
In yoga, you’ll move the body through every available direction.  Sometimes you’ll be standing, sometimes you’ll be upside down.  Your perspectives will change, and you’ll get a fuller sense of your body and what it can do.
Sports are goal-oriented.  In your workouts, games and races, you aim to cover a distance, to achieve a time, to beat the competition, or to reach a certain speed or heart rate – doing something.  Yoga instead emphasizes the process – being in the present moment.  Think of it as a mental recovery workout.

BOOK – “The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga” by Sage Rountree.