Here’s Why Indian Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan Swears By Yoga To Keep Himself In Top Shape – MensXP.com

Here’s Why Indian Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan Swears By Yoga To Keep Himself In Top Shape – MensXP.com

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has consistently been one of the most tenacious athletes on the national team. A look at his physique would lead one to believe that he’s mostly dependent on heavy weight lifting and explosive movements to get him used to the intense demands of the sport. 

But you’d be surprised to know that he swears by yoga and its benefits. 

© Shikhar Dhawan

On the occasion of International Day Of Yoga 2022, we caught up with the premier athlete to find out how yoga has been helping him keep in shape, while also busting certain misconceptions that one may have about the movement-based fitness style. 

1. Yoga is often seen as too easy to be effective for a top-tier athlete. Why do you think people think this way?

Yoga is more of being patient and focused yet, many of us still think of it as “stretching” when in fact yoga is far more than that. In fact, properly practised, yoga can improve every part of your performance, from mental power to speed, while also promoting overall health and wellness. By improving not only flexibility but also posture, body mechanics, and awareness, yoga can make every form of training you do more effective and efficient. In my experience, a regular yoga practice can give you more than you expect. 

Shikhar Dhawan © Shikhar Dhawan

2. Have you tried yoga? And how has yoga helped improve your performance as an athlete?

Yes, I have tried yoga it has definitely helped me improve my body posture and my personal journey with fitness and wellness began when I entered the world of cricket. I have first-hand benefited from yoga, it is a holistic workout that helps me achieve a perfect blend of physical fitness, mental strength, agility, and peace of mind. Yoga is a proven fitness mantra for cricket players to tackle heightened pre-match stress and anxiety. Yoga helps every player prepare for extreme conditions.

3. What were some unexpected benefits of yoga that you experienced? 

Yoga has definitely changed my lifestyle and my fitness routine. Where yoga brings out more body flexibility and helps in mental toughness. I personally do more Raja yoga, Raja Yoga is a study of the human mind, becoming aware of its habitual tendencies, and ultimately transcending identification with the body-mind-intellect complex through meditation to rest in the vast ocean of consciousness. Raja yoga is declared as the goal where one experiences nothing but the bliss of the undisturbed, the natural state of calm, serenity, peace, communion within, and contentment.

Shikhar Dhawan © Shikhar Dhawan

4. Who inspired you to take up yoga as a part of your fitness regime?

So my Father Sahab has always pushed me to start yoga and this has definitely improved my fitness routine and my mental health too.

5. Can you share your weekly fitness regime with us?  

My weekly fitness regime is 4 sessions of a gym, 2-3 sessions of running, 2-3 net sessions, and lastly 4-5 yoga sessions. That is how I plan my fitness journey for a whole week.

6. Why should more people add yoga to their workout plans?

Along with improving flexibility, yoga is great for building muscle strength. Yoga improves strength, balance, and flexibility. Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles while holding a pose can build strength. Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. Regular practice of meditation and yoga has the following wellness benefits for players:

· Keeping the body in optimal conditions and health.

· Increase overall vitality and strength.

· Higher confidence amongst players and a joyful mind. 

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