Jena Marcovicci, owner of Dance of Tennis center in Richmond, Massachusetts, also uses yoga to create focus. “The greatest way that yoga helps your tennis is with a pre-match ritual,” he says. “Practicing the asanas is a crucial way to ignite your endorphins and get you ready to play.
It also strengthens the back and the torso muscles for a great serve and works on the leg muscles for ground strokes and volleys. Yoga practice can make your tennis game steadier, through improving your strokes and helping your injuries. Most importantly, yoga can steady your mind, so you are able to get "into the zone," necessary for winning.
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Price: $20/Class (General Public) $15/Class (First Serve Tennis Players/Parents) *No need to register, just come and pay once you get there* Enjoy an energizing morning yoga class that incorporates breath work, movement, and flexibility for a well grounded and rounded practice.
How Yoga Improves Your Tennis. Yoga has reshaped how tennis players move on the court and recover and strengthen their bodies off the court. More specifically, it is great at improving a few specific areas related to tennis. Improving flexibility. Yoga stretches out your muscles and tendons over an extended period of time, allowing them to relax and become more flexible. This is great for tennis since improved flexibility increases your range of motion.
A large number of yoga poses require precisely the position that those with tennis elbow should avoid: weight-bearing extension of the wrists and elbows. Making the following modifications to poses in which the hands and arms bear weight with the wrists and elbows in extension can bring awareness to your practice and may make these poses feel better.
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It is described like this: “This tennis-specific yoga program is for any player wanting to improve their flexibility and mobility. Easy to follow and effective. It can also be used for players coming back from injury.”
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