Different sports are designed to push the human body to its limits. Be it cricket, football, tennis, soccer or basketball, the body is stretched to optimum performance levels, both physically and mentally. Naturally, sports players are increasingly looking for ways to maintain their mind and body. And that is how yoga enters the picture. Check out how these players use this ancient practice to harmonise the development of their bodies, minds and spirit.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is known as the God of cricket, and it comes as no surprise as why. With a career spanning over 24 years, the ‘master blaster’ has truly pushed his body, right since the age of 11. He took up yoga under the guidance of late BKS Iyengar to improve his performance. He credits certain asanas with helping him maintain his focus, especially under stressful conditions on the field. It also helped him heal and overcome various injuries he sustained.
2. Shikhar Dhawan
Fondly knicknamed ‘Gabbar’, Shikhar began his career in the under-17 categories before playing for the international team today. According to him, yoga helps him focus and maintain his aggression on the field. Shikhar practises Surya Namaskar, pranayama, a headstand and backbends to help him maintain his body.
3. David Beckham
When it comes to European football, David Beckham is quite a known name. His 21-year-long career began when he was just 17 years old. David took up yoga under the guidance of Shona Vertue to cope with the after-effects of the sport’s demands. He has focused on retaining flexibility and in maintaining his mental health. His routine comprises of lifting weights and nourishing his body and mind through healthy food and meditation.
4. LeBron James
This American basketball player is among the top names in the field. The secret of his performance lies in his yoga routine. In fact, he has credited this ancient practise with helping him improve his stamina on court. He also says that it supports his positive attitude both on and off court.