Yoga and Golf: The Perfect Match

The 8 Limbs of Yoga & the 8 Qualities of a successful golfer

    Yamas

(moral) is your attitude towards others and the world around you – our foundation of ethics. This translates to a sense of Respect in the golfer, respect towards others and the rules & etiquette of the game of golf.

    Niyamas

(observances) is how you treat yourself or your attitude towards yourself. In the golfer this is Attitude towards yourself and your personal conduct.

    Asanas

(postures) relax, rejuvenate and energise the body. They aim to bring the body and the mind together harmoniously. When a golfer Exercises it makes the ecstatic states that our golf game throws away much easier to endure and has a profound effect on our nervous system.

    Pranayama

(breath) is the control of breathing. The breath is regulated and controlled through the practice of breathing exercises. The duration of inhalation and exhalation of breath is regulated with the aim of strengthening and cleansing the nervous system and increasing a person’s source of life energy. This translates directly into Stress Management on the golf course: the whirlpools of the mind can be stilled by the breath. Golf has a tendency to spiral us down many whirlpools. While taking a deep inhalation, watch how your mood changes, how tension eases, and the breath becomes quiet and clam. Our breathing is directly related to our emotional state.

    Pratyahara

(sense withdrawal) your focus becomes inward and you are no longer distracted by outside events. In the golfer this is Emotional control which aids in detaching yourself from physical and emotional irritants when unfavourable situations arise.

    Dharana

(concentration) is training the mind to focus without any distraction. Concentration helps the golfer to stay in the present moment with each golf shot which is key for a successful outcome.

    Dhyana

(meditation) is the practice by which there is constant observation of the mind. It means focusing the mind on one point, stilling the mind in order to perceive the Self. This heightens Focus for the golfer whether its on an object, idea, or desire. When the mind is highly absorbed on one specific thing, such as the line of a putt, the shaping of a shot, a green target, it becomes capable of knowing that object in a special way. When we are focused, distractions seem to fade, time pressures fade and we feel immersed in routine not results.

    Samadhi

(contemplation) is a state of peace and completion, awareness and compassion without attachment.
This offers a sense of Reflection to the golfer, allows us to be non-judgemental of ourselves or of a good shot/round. It can teach us where we need to improve, or what went right to get us that birdie or personal best round. We can then be more at peace when each shot presents itself. Witness.