As meditation builds focus and awareness of emotional states, mindfulness (moving meditation) brings greater awareness, ease, fluidity, and agility to our movement. As we learn to give close attention to body and breath, our movement is naturally enhanced. So in the game, we use that cultivated fine-tuned awareness of our body — experiencing where it is in space, the sense of balance, the proper use of force, etc.
We also learn to help the body self-regulate and recover quickly. While we may not be able to instantly slow our heart rate through willpower alone, we can very effectively use our breathing to do exactly that. Meditation teaches us to activate the “relaxation response”, training us to quickly move from intense activity to quick recovery.
World-class athletes are also masterful in rehearsing the game in their minds. Visualising practice has shown to be as effective as actual practice on the court! Experiencing the sensations of playing and winning are proven techniques of world-class athletes.
While it used be considered as a distinct discipline, meditation is becoming essential for those who take their sport seriously.
Michael has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999. Over the years he has experienced first-hand how it improves the quality of everything we do — including sports.
In collaboration with Bruguera at Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, he teaches a meditation & mindfulness practice with application to sports, where students are experiencing the benefits in their breathing, confidence, and enjoyment of the game.