Yoga Class Can Help Golfers Add Flexibility to Their Games

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Yoga Class Can Help Golfers Add Flexibility to Their Games


Byline: Ron Skrabacz

Glen Ellyn yoga instructor Lori Gaspar discovered that when it comes to teaching her new class, Yoga for Golfers, flexibility is essential, particularly where scheduling is concerned.

Gaspar's Yoga for Golfers class will meet on Tuesday night for six weeks between 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. from April 12 to May 17 at The Yoga Place, 503 Duane St., Glen Ellyn.

It is the offspring of some earlier workshops she had conducted on weekends.

"I taught yoga for golf workshops before," she said. "And what I found is - if we did it on the weekends and it was nice out - people wanted to go golfing.

"But people that came to the workshops mentioned they wanted to do it regularly, so when I set up a regular class it was totally in the early golf season. I made it Tuesday night so it wouldn't conflict with anybody's golf game."

Gaspar has been involved with yoga for nearly eight years and a yoga teacher for the last four of those years. Although her husband is a scratch golfer, she has not golfed very much.

"I'm more into yoga," she said. "I've spent a lot of time teaching and practicing yoga, but I could see that even though they sound different, yoga and golf are so much alike in a lot of ways."

Many of the general benefits of yoga are especially beneficial to golfers, according to Gaspar. The increase in range of motion in the back, shoulders, and hips will be especially useful to improving a golf swing and avoiding injuries.

"A lot of golfers have back issues from the torque of the swing," Gaspar said.

"You're constantly twisting the body in the same way every time, in one direction. If you're right-handed you're twisting to the left and never going the opposite way. So you get this asymmetrical kind of issue going on in your body. You need to balance that out."

Gaspar is quick to point out that golf and yoga both require tremendous concentration and focus. …

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