YOGA FOR WINNING GOLF AT YOGA SOL
With Yoga For Winning Golf, I am able to combine two things that I am truly passionate about – yoga & golf! My husband and Co-Owner of YOGA SOL, Garry Haverland and I are holding a Yoga For Winning Golf workshop Sunday October 11th 1pm at YOGA SOL.
For those “yoga skepticals”, let us tell you more…
When you think about it, golf requires so many of the things that are also the key focuses of yoga – Flexibility, Strength, Stamina, Balance, Mental Focus, Confidence and Stress Reduction. In fact, if you look at just about any swing flaw (lifting up, reverse pivot, coming over the top, casting, inconsistency), it almost always ties back to a limitation in the physical body. If you are a golfer, you have probably invested a tidy sum of money on the latest technology – the finest equipment – cutting-edge clubs, the newest golf balls, professional swing instruction. All good, but think how dramatically you might improve your game with an improvement in fitness. A strong, stable body that is fluid and flexible creates the foundation for a healthy, injury-free golfer. Lack of flexibility can limit range of motion and can cause loss of balance. This results in reduced power and accuracy. Power, balance, and weight transfer all depend on shoulder, hip, and spinal flexibility.
In Oct. 11th’s Yoga For Winning Golf Workshop here at Yoga Sol, we will cover a precise combination of flexibility and golf-specific conditioning to improve performance. We will talk about common swing flaws and solutions. You will walk away with tools to improve hip and shoulder rotation, hamstring release and spinal flexibility. We’ll give you take home information to establish a routine to improve your game, feel better and reduce the risk of injury.
It really all comes down to increased shoulder, hip, and spinal flexibility as well as improved core strength. If you rotate your shoulders without rotating your hips properly, you place tremendous stress on the lumbar spine, which can result in lower back pain. A proper hip turn with a solid one-piece take away delivers the power in the swing. Tight hips can mean sliding the hips rather than turning and the golf result is often a weaker shot and an open or closed club face (fade or pull).
Equally important, are the mental components of the game. A well tuned body can also help you reach your mental peak. A yoga practice not only improves the body, but can develop the mental discipline that golf demands. Yoga brings awareness to breathing and by connecting to the subtleties of the breath, you can clear the mind. Improved concentration results in greater confidence. Can’t we all use a little more confidence as we step up to that first tee or our favorite water hole.
When I asked Garry what he loves about doing these workshops he replied, “I enjoy teaching and I love the game of golf! Golf challenges you both mentally and physically. You must be prepared to meet those challenges”.
Garry found golf at the age of 12 as a caddy and has been passionate about the game ever since. A lifetime of study, practice & play has earned him a “1” handicap and a spot in the California State Senior Amateur Tournament this year. Garry is a gifted and generous teacher. A former soccer, baseball, basketball coach and state certified soccer referee, Garry loves mentoring athletes.
Garry is President of West-Lite Supply Co., co-owner of Yoga Sol, and plays championship caliber golf – talk about finding balance! (We claim it is the yoga!)
I came to golf as an adult and am also passionate about the game. I was first introduced to specific golf focused yoga with Katherine Roberts, when I completed her Yoga For Golfers teacher training in Phoenix a few years ago. Katherine Roberts has authored several books on the subject, is a regular on the Golf Channel and works locally with our California Angels.
What you’re looking for is a soft, flexible, fluid swing – that’s power. –
Earl Woods (father of Tiger Woods)
Please join us for Yoga For Winning Golf Workshop Sunday October 11th 1pm! –