Yoga Energetics for Athletes - Sequence 3: Mental Clarity and Increased Awareness

Sattvic - Clarity of Mind - Turning Within - twists and extensions

     Intro: This practice helps us find higher clarity in our game by developing both prana and sattwa. As a vital essence, prana is the subtle energy of air, the guiding intelligent force behind mind-body function. In this practice, we aim to harmonize our mind, body and breathe. By doing so, we tap in to our divine intelligence as an athlete. We trust ourselves more on the field.  When we increase our vital essence of prana, we create space in our heart region, expand into a space of joy and find more adaptability and creativity in our sport. We can make decisions quickly on the field. For instance we will be able to know when it's time to pass the ball or instead take a shot on our own. 

We also focus on Sattwa in this practice. Sattwa is a neutral or balancing force that we cultivate by creating harmony between opposing forces - a balance between the positive and the negative, the light and the dark. We can do this as an athlete by softening the senses and integrating our inner and outer worlds. We can remove tunnel vision when we are performing our sport and when we do, a world of options present themselves to us. 

In balance, Sattwa has power to bring us knowledge and healing. As we aim to create a more Sattvic state within our self, it is useful to connect with the power of our divine nature. A higher state of consciousness that we are to use with knowledge, skill and detachment. Most importantly it should be directed inward so that we can lead by example. 

Do this practice ...

     if you are looking to find clarity on a situation.

     if you are looking to build a more focused awareness. 

     if you are looking to bring the energy you've built inward to work for you.

Sari Stankowski

Sari Gelzer is a yoga teacher and online media consultant based in San Francisco, CA.