Good Sports: MEDITATION, YOGA, AND GOLF
Anirban Lahiri, Asia’s top golfer in 2015, is ranked 50th in the world and tied for 5th at last year’s PGA Championship, one of the four majors. In an interview with CNN, he described how Vipassana meditation, which he learned from his parents, has benefited his golf game.
“It helps your ability to stay in the present and not get ahead of yourself,” he said. “It’s obvious that when you are playing in a tournament situation that the adrenaline is going to kick in and your heart rate is going to go up. But at the same time, it’s also difficult to keep your awareness levels up, and that’s how Vipassana helps me, because it allows me to stay aware of everything that’s going on.”
Lahiri, who plays on the Asian, European, and PGA tours, also practices yoga regularly. “I follow B.K.S Iyengar (founder of Iyengar yoga),” he said. “By follow, I mean I follow his school of thought or form of yoga. But I have so much going on that if I can do three or four sessions a week for a half an hour or so, that’s good.”
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