The game of squash has always been known as a fast-paced sport, where you’ve got to be quick on your feet and have good vision. This can be a reason for many to rule it out but there is a way of developing your awareness to new levels using common sense exercise, which can boost your brain performance and wellbeing. London Olympic Games and Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games were a massive success for sport and in particular the interest in squash. There has been an upsurge in interest from women, perhaps inspired by the medal successes from the female athletes in sports such as rowing, swimming and cycling.
Women are excited about getting involved in new sports and squash is an ideal one for them to experiment with. Yoga sessions can be great for a slow exercise to combine with squash, which will help them boost a feel-good factor and prepare for more physical sports performance as they progress.
Physical exercise is obviously beneficial for your health and sense of wellbeing but most importantly people want to have fun. They want to participate in a sport that is competitive but also active and fun to play with friends. Squash can be combined with new exercise classes that will be mutually beneficial. Yoga in particular is fantastic for improving flexibility, suppleness and mental awareness. This is a key skill for going into a game of squash. With yoga incorporated into your sport performance, you will find an increase in anticipation of shots when playing squash and find that the game slows down, as you use your body and mind in synchronisation for every movement.
For all those who play squash already, we may find a niggling injury slows us down or our bones are simply not up to every exertion required for the game. Therefore, there is need to do something extra that will give them the edge and keep their bodies functioning longer and stronger. Yoga is an activity which can help train your body, muscles and mind collectively. It is a satisfying and interesting activity that will enhance your squash game, no matter what level it is at.
In preparation for squash we can do various cardio exercises and other muscle training but yoga enables us to prepare to a whole new level. Squash demands strength and flexibility and yoga is particularly good for toning muscles. Yoga can channel an explosiveness to your body. By doing the movements slowly and holding poses, you are able to activate muscle fibres, which build endurance. When you are holding challenging poses in the right way, you will feel completely relaxed and get rid of unwanted stress. This is ideal for controlling aggression and getting yourself psyched up before a squash game.Yoga provides a full workout of mind, body and soul.
The way you feel after doing a session can actually increase your self-confidence and make you feel more awake throughout the day. People with busy lifestyles tend to rely on coffee and sugary foods to get them through the daily routine but yoga can give them enough of a boost to avoid this. It can even help boost metabolism, which helps with weight loss, increases bone density and helps maintain joint flexibility.
For those who have done yoga on a daily basis, they have found it beneficial to keep it up and feel that it has added to their squash game.
Sports players find that stretching is especially important as they get older and yoga helps them to increase and balance their strength throughout their body. On the squash court, they can stretch further and return shots they would have previously considered impossible. Their vision and level of skill during the game is enhanced both physically and mentally. Breathing is a key aspect of yoga and is something that can often be overlooked in sport. However, breathing is intrinsically important to success in the game.
Squash players know the feeling of heaving for a breath when returning shots but those who learn about breath control in a yoga class will be amazed at the difference it brings in all activities on and off the court. Yoga rejuvenates you and gives you great mental energy for your daily life, helping to focus on every aspect. Therefore, it’s a common sense approach to improving your health and maintaining it as well as adding skill to your squash game.
The best way to discover the benefits of yoga is to try it out. As a good squash player, you will need a good body and a sense of awareness and understanding of breathing. Yoga will help with all techniques and beyond. Once you’ve tried yoga, the important thing is to stick to it and set yourself goal, which is good for boosting your squash performance. Every squash player would like to improve their game and optimise their health, fitness and overall performance. By providing yoga classes we are giving them the opportunity to learn more about their bodies and avoid injury. Posture is controlled in the brain and yoga teaching allows you to understand how movement is controlled in the brain.
Yoga classes at the Grange Club, Edinburgh, will be a means of encouraging new members (particularly female) into a squash court environment. They will be introduced to yoga through Mike Hall, who has taught squash from complete Beginner to Full International Standard for over 25 years. During this period he has been passionate in introducing cross training methods such as Chi Yoga to the game of squash, so as to make squash a true game for LIFE. His work has been featured in New Scientist Magazine, BBC Radio 4 and in “In Praise of Slow (exercise) – a book which reached the top ten best sellers list in the USA and UK.