Badminton Yoga

OVERVIEW

Badminton is a sport which originated from India. In ancient India, all provinces had a regular fight using swords, knives, vel kambu (Indian term ) etc. They also used animals - horses( Ashwa ) for their speed and power, and elephants ( Gaja ) for their strength and confidence.

The southern kings were strong because the fighting techniques they used were Kalari which is powerful, fast and swift, and they also practiced yoga to control their body and mind. The badminton court is like a battle field. The difference is, players are using racquets instead of swords. Combining these two techniques, Badminton Yoga is presented to the world.

The main purpose of this class is to help players play the game more easily, and make the game more enjoyable and comfortable. Everyone thinks that playing some kinds of sport will keep them fit, but if they don't understand, it will cause an imbalance in the body. For example, if you are a right hander, you use your right hand more so the muscles involved will become stronger. Constant use of those muscles will cause a lot of lactic acid formation. However, the weaker muscles tend to be given up because they are not used. The end result is injury. Most racquet sports are neuromuscular. During a long match, not only does your body gets drained off but also your mind because you are running out of oxygen. You will make mistakes easily.

Badminton Yoga is designed to improve your neuromuscular system and give importance to all muscles equally where the stretch and strengthening are done simultaneously. With specific yoga postures, players can also learn how to control breathing to ensure enough oxygen intake under in pressurised situation. Badminton yoga helps them to tune, strengthen and create flexibility in the body. A player is required to do badminton yoga for 60 minutes. For the first 45 minutes, they will teach their muscles how to use oxygen wisely by learning some techniques through the sequence - extension, rotation, reflex, strength, coordination, balancing and flexibility. This sequence will improve the endurance capacity of the lungs and muscles to withstand pressure. The last 15 minutes is a combination of breathing techniques, visualisation (game situation), meditation and strengthening the chakras (according to yoga philosophy, chakaras governs the body).

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