Play like a pro: Anuloma viloma meditation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 9:55am

There are always ups and downs in golf. There are days when you shoot a low number and leave the course with a broad smile, and then there are times when you leave feeling frustrated.

I won three of my Asian Tour titles through a play-off and I can tell you that the victories did not come easy. Golf fans and the press often ask me how I deal with the pressure when I'm competing in a tournament.

The answer is that I rely on anuloma viloma (alternate nostril) meditation, which keeps me calm and collected throughout the tournament. Meditation has given me a new perspective on how to control my emotions, and this helps me recover mentally after a bad round, or after a bad shot.

Here's my simple guide to meditation techniques.

Step 1. Find a relaxing spot and sit with your legs crossed, or in the lotus position if you can.

Step 2. Cover your right nostril and breathe deeply. Focus on your breathing and try to keep your mind from wandering.

Step 3. Repeat step 2, but cover your left nostril instead. Remember to concentrate on your breathing.

Benefits: meditation helps you to relax and deal with frustration. In golf, it gives you the power to control your emotions, even after hitting a bad shot.

Suggested reps: you can repeat steps 2 and 3 to the count of four or eight. For beginners, you can do three rounds, gradually increasing to 20 rounds when you feel comfortable. Practice makes perfect, so remember to do this daily. Anirban Lahiri is an Asian Tour golf champion