Tree and Triangle Pose on Court: Yoga for Tennis Revisited
“Meet me at the court for some yoga,” isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear, and I don’t think Tennis Express customers knew what to expect either when we started our Yoga for Tennis program. Last Thursday at our indoor Houston tennis court Jasmine from Yoga Pod West Houston treated Tennis Express customers and employees to a yoga routine she customized with tennis players in mind. She gave us a couple days of soreness, but a challenging and strengthening way to improve our tennis game!
My coworker David and I have both done yoga previously. I’ve been learning and practicing for about ten years now. Sweat fell on our mats during the practice and it was a great workout that targeted a lot of injury prone joints and muscles for tennis players. Countless challenging new poses tested my balance. The extended time and focus Jasmine put into each pose exercised my shoulders, forearms and hamstring, and stretched out my sides along my ribs.
These three poses are great for tennis players, and they’re just some of Jasmine’s favorite poses to show us: triangle pose, spinal twist poses, and chair pose.
Days after our first class we ALL agreed that our shoulders had the most soreness. I participate so that I while I’m playing I feel more flexibility and stretch easier like when I’m sprinting to reach out wide for a shot. Often when I play, if I skimp on my footwork and don’t set up properly for a backhand, I will feel a pulling in the back of my hips.
I’ve attended Jasmine’s classes twice now, and the repetition of poses is where I can see how much progress I’ve made. Jasmine is friendly and answered our questions about athlete strength and especially balance, which is huge for tennis players that hit two-handed backhands. All of these poses are great for your pre-match stretching!
Give your body a little advantage on the court and try out our Yoga for Tennis Classes every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. taught by Yoga Pod Houston at Tennis Express Houston ! Remember bring your mat, water, and towel.