YOGA POSES TO HELP YOUR GOLF GAME


Hi, everyone. We’re here at the Pechanga Spa with our good
friend Mimi. She’s a yoga instructor here at the spa. Mimi, how you doing?>>Great. Happy to be here.>>Good, good. So, golfers are gonna come to the spa, they’re
gonna get a quick session of stretching, get some yoga in, and then they’re gonna go out
to their round, or they get done with their round, come back and get some post-round stretching. Is that correct?>>Yes. So, I actually have three yoga poses today
to show you that actually specifically address the biomechanics of golf. You ready?>>Let’s give it a shot.>>All right. So, as you know, golfers spend a lot of time
hunched over their golf clubs. So, over time, it is not uncommon for golfers
to develop a “golfer’s hunch” and then for them to be affected in their posture actually
in their daily life.>>Just doing this all day long.>>Exactly, exactly. So the first one addresses that by opening
up the front side of the body and then strengthening and lengthening the back side of the body,
and it is called dancer’s pose. So follow with me.>>Let’s try to be a dancer.>>You can plant your golf club right in front
of you and slowly shift your weight over to one side. Then you will grab your back foot with one
hand and slowly begin to lean your chest forward as you kick your leg back. So, again, this strengthens the back side
of the body and stretches the front side of the body to counteract the golfer’s hunch
that we often face when we are spending a lot of time hunched over the golf clubs.>>I’m feeling that it’s very important to
keep your chest up.>>Yes, and to kick the back foot against
your hand for some resistance.>>You probably know my — Whoa! My foot’s not going up as far as your foot.>>And that is perfectly okay. Take another deep breath, and you can slowly
exhale and release. So, that is the first pose, called dancer’s
pose.>>Perfect.>>The second pose that I have to show you
is actually called tree pose.>>Okay.>>Now, as you know, golf is a very asymmetrical
sport. We tend to use one side over the other, and
over time, it is not uncommon to develop muscle imbalances. So what we do to address that is to do asymmetrical
balancing poses such as tree pose. You ready?>>Let’s give it a shot. This tree pose sounds pretty difficult.>>So, shift your weight, again, slowly onto
one foot. And then you will butterfly your other leg
out towards the side. And then slowly begin to lift up your golf
club, maybe even up overhead for an additional challenge.>>Ooh, Mimi. Mimi, you’re getting difficult here.>>The best part about these poses is that
it could be done anywhere. It could be done before or after your game
on the golf course, so you don’t need any fancy equipment or any fancy yoga studio. Take another deep breath in. And slowly release.>>[ Exhales deeply ]>>And go ahead and
shake it out.>>That one felt good!>>Awesome job, Colton.>>That one felt real good.>>So, the last pose that I have to show you
is a twisted crescent lunge. So, golfers spend a lot of time in the transverse
plane of motion, which is actually the plane of motion in which most injuries occur. So this pose teaches us how to twist safely
and effectively. So, go ahead and take one foot out and step
one step back and slowly lean into a lunge. Straighten out the back leg.>>Straighten out the back leg.>>And hold that club ahead of you. And then slowly begin to twist towards the
side.>>Ooh! Yeah.>>So, again, this teaches us to twist safely,
to teach our spines to move over in that transverse plane. ♪♪♪♪ And go ahead, take one last deep
breath in… and release.>>[ Exhales deeply ]>>Awesome. You’re a yogi now.>>I’m a yogi!>>You are.>>I’m a yogi! Give me some of that. I feel good. I feel like I could go out on a round, and,
again, this is something that you can do post-round or pre-round and get some stretches in and
start feeling good for your round or in life, really.>>Yes, so the purpose of yoga is to improve
your golf game and then also to improve your quality of life outside of the course. So that’s why we do this.>>Yeah. So, we appreciate you letting us come by,
and thank you very much.>>Absolutely. It’s been my pleasure.