My Teachers Dish

June 28, 2011 at 6:07 PM | Posted in Tennis, Yoga | Leave a comment
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“Your hand may be hurting but if you practice this asana often enough your hands will get strong and if you have strong hands, you can do many things.” We were in a lying down position with one leg up and one leg down with one arm holding a belt, for a long time, over the up leg. My instructor, J. Michael Taylor, takes a certain pleasure in having us hold seemingly innocent poses for an unacceptably long time.

As I held on, I thought of Acapulco in the mid-seventies. This was in the hey-day of my tennis playing and I took a lesson on a beautiful clay court from a pro at a local club. It was super-hot and at one point I told the pro that my hand was slipping on the grip because I was sweating so much. He told me, without hesitating or dressing it up, that my hand was slipping because it was weak.

Gulp.

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