Yoga is a group of mental, spiritual and physical practices or disciplines which originated in Ancient India. Yoga is for all. Yoga is an art and a way towards success in every field of your life. Yoga helps you bring a better way of living. The best part is that its not tough like any other form of exercise or therapy. Its simple and easy and can be done by all.
Here, I bring you 5 Yogasanas for Cricketers which will help you build core strength and improve your performance in your game.
1. Dandasana (Plank Pose) :
The name comes from the Sanskrit word danda which means “stick” or “staff” and asana which means “posture” or “seat.” There are different forms of Dandasana, but for cricket I suggest this post where you need to keep your hands and back straight. Spinal code plays an important role in a long game because during stance you band your body which moves your spinal code a several time. This asana will help you strengthen your spinal code and help you play strong for a longer time.
2. Naukasana (Boat Pose) :
In Sanskrit ‘ Nauka ’ means ‘ Boat ’ and ‘ Asana ’ means ‘ Pose ’. Hence, this asana is called as Naukasana. While practicing boat pose you ensure that the entire body takes the shape of a boat. It makes blood and oxygen circulation around abdomen and lower back at a time much faster. It helps strengthen your ab muscles and also reduces fat. Learn to be stable like a boat while playing with this asana.
3. Utkatasana (Chair Pose) :
Utkatasana is often called "Chair Pose." A deep squat, Utkatasana immediately engages the strength of your legs, back, shoulder and ankles. While playing cricket, you need to have strong legs, back, shoulder and ankles to prevent injuries and deliver great performance. Try this asana and feel yourself like a Yogi sitting in an imaginary chair.
4. Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose) :
In Sanskrit Baddha means 'bound', 'caught', 'held', and Konasana means ‘angle’. Baddha Konasana is one of the prominent yoga poses mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. This asana resembles the stance of a butterfly in flying motion. This asana keeps your upper and lower body balanced. It stretches your hip bones and helps you stretch more which helps a cricketer do wonders in his/her game.
5. Marjhariasana (Cat Pose) :
Marjhariasana or 'Cat pose' is adopted after close observation of the domestic cat. The asana is a movement that combines forward bends with back arches, giving your back the complete movement it needs. This asana is excellent for improving flexibility of the spine. It relaxes your spine and gives you a better flexibility while playing cricket.
To perform these asanas, check out the video below:-
Sai Bhatt's day starts at 4 a.m when he self-practices for an hour. Then he heads to his studio to conduct sessions starting at 5.30am. He takes 6-7 sessions during the day and it ends with the evening session at 6 at Decathlon Anubhava