During a sporting endeavor the ability to relax the body, rid the mind of clutter, eliminate distractions and focus our complete attention in the present, is vitally important. In sports where there is a fear factor (extreme sports) or a strong relaxation element (golf) the practice of meditation should be just as important as the physical skills.
There are many forms of meditation that teach us how to calm body and mind. And, like most physical activities, the more we practice the better we get.
Some of the different methods are; Mindfulness, Reiki, Zen, Vipassana, Various breathing exercises, Transcendental and Self Hypnosis. Depending on our representational system, different methods will suit different people. For example; an audio-digital person may prefer self hypnosis as they can direct their own state using the voice they hear in their head. A kinaesthetic person may prefer the physical feeling that comes from the hands on process of Reiki. A visual person will most likely prefer meditation activities with practices that involve visualisation.
Many people who practice meditation also report an increased ability to listen to their body. They know when something is amiss before their body shows any signs of this, and can take the appropriate steps to remedy without major lifestyle interruption.
Meditation also helps us to tune into and direct our unconscious thought processes. These increases in focus and clarity help to increase our sense of purpose. This means we can still be heading in the direction we want to head in terms of life choices, even when we are not consciously aware of it.
The Rooboard is perfect for meditation and balance training to help you in your sporting activity. Practice standing with both feet on the deck, close your eyes, relax the body and breathe deeply. See how long you can remain balanced for – especially as the body becomes more relaxed. Then practice with each leg and lastly, sit on the deck and rest your arms in your lap and balance for as long as can without placing your hands on the ground to steady yourself.
This is great little workout routine on its own and is especially usefully when you feel fatigued from training or sport or just want to relax.
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