We have always been quite enthusiastic about sports like soccer, basketball, lawn tennis and of course, cricket. Who does not like cricket? All of us do and we follow it whether it is 20-20 or world cup! But did we ever try to discover about our national sport, hockey? I am certain that we all are conscious of the fact that hockey is our national sport but our duty doesn’t end there. There are still a great deal of people specially the new generation who is clueless about this sport and how it’s actually played. It’s high time we begin exploring this game after all it’s our national game and we should not ignore it.
The way to play hockey?
In this game, two teams have been split which plays against each other. Each team has to carefully move the ball into the opponent’s goal with the support of a hockey stick.
• Keep yourself prepared with hockey equipment. Purchase a beginner stick which comes up to your waist so you can learn and play comfortably.
• You need to keep in mind that while playing hockey, your left hand will provide the main guidance to the stick and your right hand will be the principal support to the rod.
• Your left foot should be pointing at the front while the rest foot should be put back for support. You’ll need to bend your knees in order to aim for the ball.
• Now all you will need to do is,’snare the ball’. Here, try to stop or slow down the speed of the ball that’s coming towards you.
• It is time to hit the ball and for that you’ll have to make certain that your right hand is very close to your left hand so that the ball is in direct contact with your forward foot.
• Try and dip the ball across the length of the rod. Attempt to work on the turns and pulls with the support of some of your group member.
In the long run, the more you will practice it, the perfect you will become in this game. After you may learn it, you won’t look forward to any other game. All sports are interesting and fun without any doubt but as an Indian we should not ignore our national sport and must be equally excited and keen in learning and practicing it. It is one of the important things to remember.
When we were born, we knew how to breathe properly. We instinctively knew to breathe deeply. At the time of the very first breath, we knew what to do.
Somewhere along the line we forgot how to breathe deeply. We may have been frightened, stressed or shocked. We might have panicked and our automatic reaction was to breathe quickly into our chests. Over time this became our new habit. When I look around a yoga class, I see most people are shallow breathing. But if we do so for a long period of time, we begin to believe this is normal.
As you sit at your computer today, notice what your breath is performing. Notice what your shoulders do and how your stomach is feeling. Now sit up straight, roll your shoulders back and down. Release any tension in your stomach. Now check in with your own breath. Are you breathing deeply into your stomach? This new habit will take effort to keep at first. Keep checking in with your breath throughout the day and eventually any tightness in your stomach will reduce.
Shallow breathing means that our organs don’t receive the same amount of oxygen as they do during deep breathing. When you take a long inhale, imagine the air is filling your lungs and expanding your diaphragm. Your intestines are full of fresh oxygen. If you lay the alveoli out flat (the air sacks in your lungs), they would be the size of a one bedroom apartment which is about 450 square feet. Imagine how much more efficient and healthy our bodies will be if we breathed properly!
During shallow breathing, your sympathetic nervous system goes into a state of anxiety. This informs your body that you are stressed and releases the associated stress hormones. This then creates an imbalance in the body.
Imagine the difference to our health, vitality and energy if we were to breathe deeply regular. Imagine the positive impact on our performance. Exercising helps your body to perform at its best. It relieves tension, stress and fear. I find that if my breathing is quick and shallow, then my mind is over active. When I consciously control my breathing and aim for deep inhales and long exhales, my mind becomes more calm and I’m less stressed.
Check how you’re breathing now. Are you breathing deeply?