Both professional and amateur bowlers can benefit by participating in yoga. Strong arm and hand muscles are necessary when bowling, as well as fantastic focus. If you want to improve your muscle tone, flexibility, and balance to improve your performance, try the following yoga poses (asanas) to help you achieve your goals.
Yoga poses to perform as a warmup to stretch the muscles before bowling
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
Since the cow face pose provides a superior stretch to the shoulders, it is an ideal pose for those who bowl so they can keep their shoulders and triceps limber. It will also loosen up the muscles of the ankles, armpits, chest, hips, and thighs; therefore, providing an overall excellent stretch to the entire body.
Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana)
The head-to-knee forward bend is an ideal stretch to perform before bowling or any other physical activity. Not only will it stretch and warmup the groins, hamstrings, shoulders, and spine; it will also help ease any pre-game anxiety one may be experiencing.
Yoga poses to strengthen bowlers muscles and improve balance
Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana)
It is important for bowlers to have strong arms and wrists, making the upward plank pose perfect since it provides the necessary strength to both of those body parts. In addition, it strengthens the legs at the same time, giving the body balance. One should not perform this pose if they have a current injury to the wrist since it will need time to heal.
The plank pose is beneficial for anyone, including bowlers, whose aim is to increase muscle mass in their arms and wrists. Plank will also make the abs more firm and strengthen the spine. When wanting to add to this asana, transition into the side plank pose. Remember to keep balance by performing this on one side, returning back to the middle, and ending with the other side. This sequence can be repeated numerous times if desired.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Focus and balance are both important for bowlers, and the tree pose is perfect for perfecting both of these skills. Improve focus by fixing your eyes on one focal point in order to achieve balance while performing this pose. Start by staring at the wall and slowly move your eyes and head upward, fixing your stare to the ceiling. Vrksana is not a difficult one to master, making it ideal for everyone, including beginners.
Are you ready to improve your bowling speed and overall performance by practicing yoga?
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Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaBardelli.