My favorite sports psychologist is without a doubt Dr. Bob Rotella. His books and CDs over the years have given me the guidance to play the kind of golf that is very satisfying and meaningful to me. One of the most important concepts I have learned from him is to “Train it and Trust it”. Here are some excerpts from his wonderful book Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.04. YFG Notes - Rotella train it and trust it (FINAL Jan 2016)
What does playing golf mean to you?
If you’re interested in finding out what it means to me, I encourage you to read The Yoga Oasis by golf writer Tom Bedell. In the article, you’ll find out why I took up golf again after a 35-year hiatus–and why I believe golf and yoga complement each other so beautifully.
Read “The Yoga Oasis”:
I hope this finds you well, and that you have enjoyed a wonderful season of satisfying, meaningful golf!
As you know, I have needed to miss the last two golf seasons due to a shoulder complications.
I am so grateful for my most excellent surgeon and physical therapists! And of course to the strengthening, stretching and the general feeling of well-being that practicing yoga provides. And I am happy to report that I am fully operational again, just in time for the snow to fall 🙂
I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to playing golf next year! I plan to play a LOT, and having a lot of fun playing and I’m looking forward to practicing a lot. My goal is first and foremost, to have fun, and to play in the 70s at least 25% of the time.
In the meantime, I invite you to go to Yoga for Golfers 2018 which describes the yoga for golfers class that I am teaching from January through April 2018. I would love to have you in the class!
I hope that you have a wonderful Holiday season!
Fairways and greens,
PS coming soon – Golfyoga Mastery private lesson packages with me and the very gifted physical therapist Alice Kenney!
In my Hits the Spot Yoga classes, we enrich our practice by focusing on a particular theme for each season, often doing a 2-3 minute contemplation of a quote or an excerpt from an article or book that offers a certain take on the theme.
In the Fall, our theme is gratitude/savoring. In the Winter, it’s forgiveness/lovingkindness. In the Spring, we focus on mindfulness. And in the Summer, we practice contentment/fun.
It’s Fall (at least for a little while longer), and I want to say that among the many aspects of my life for which I’m grateful, one particular area stands out today: I’m very thankful for the folks that come here to practice and study yoga with me. They are very bright, kindhearted folks who fully feel their humanity, and have great senses of humor.
I find gratitude to be a very inspiring point of view, one that I would like to continue to cultivate. I also find it challenging to dwell there for very long.
That’s why I consider gratitude (and, for that matter, forgiveness, lovingkindness, mindfulness and contentment) a practice. Like anything, when I practice something, I’m more apt to experience the desired outcome more often, and gratitude is no exception.
These days, we begin our classes with a short gratitude contemplation, bringing into our field of attention someone for whom we feel grateful or something for which we feel grateful, breathing deeply down into the belly and cultivating that feeling state of gratitude.
Doing this makes it more likely that I’ll do it in my daily life, stopping for three minutes or so, taking a few deep breaths, and saying to myself, “I feel so grateful for ____________ .”
I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that life can be very challenging at times. And when I’m able to remember to practice gratitude, forgiveness, lovingkindness and contentment, I often find a degree of freedom even in challenging times.
I’m very thankful that I found yoga 30 years ago. I’ve been practicing it, and all its many wonderful aspects, with great love and appreciation ever since. What a gift it is to all of us.
To learn about how gratitude cultivates and supports the experience of joy, go to the YouTube clip of Brene Brown talking with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday. It’s six minutes that could change your life! It sure did that for me.
About Scott Willis & Hits the Spot Yoga
Scott has been teaching yoga and related mindbody classes and workshops for 30 years, including 25 years as the lead instructor for Hits The Spot Yoga at The Yoga Center at Solar Hill in Brattleboro, Vermont. For the past 7 years, he has also served as director and lead instructor for the Hits The Spot Yoga 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs.
Known for his friendly, compassionate style of teaching, Scott’s primary influences are Anusara, Kripalu, Iyengar Style, and Insight Meditation. He incorporated techniques from all of them in developing the unique Hits the Spot Yoga style and yoga curriculum.
His intention is to create an oasis for students where they can truly enjoy exploring the art and science of yoga.