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Which sport do you practice?

Postby zamotcr » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:47 am

Hello,

I practice Martial Arts (Tang Soo Do) basically for fitness, concentration (it's a meditation for me) and who knows, eventually I could defend myself.
I like it, for me is not violent, I enjoy it, and everybody in the Dojang enjoy it too. Unwholesome? According to who? :rofl:

Which sport do you practice? Does your sport help you with your meditation practice?

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Re: Which sport do you practice?

Postby SarathW » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:34 am

I have a thread in this subject. :)

Has Tiger wood attain Jhana:

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Re: Which sport do you practice?

Postby Babadhari » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:10 pm

hi zamotcr
one of my main hobbies is mountain biking.

it's a good excuse to visit new places and get outdoors. i enjoy climbing to a summit and taking in the view of the landscape and perhaps do a bit of meditation before i begin the descent.

the biggest thrill is the adrenalin rush of the close calls and near misses.

i've found just remaining aware of the leg pain while cycling helps me remain equanimous to the leg pain felt in meditation while the concentration gathered in meditation allows me to be more focused and responsive to unexpected things on trails like rocks and tree roots
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Re: Which sport do you practice?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:23 am

Greetings,

> Which sport do you practice?

Bikram Yoga - 90 minute hatha-yoga classes in a 40'C room.

I started the classes last in February last year and did 130+ classes throughout 2013. January has been a bit slow so far Bikram-wise (due mainly to holidays and parenting commitments) but my girlfriend and I are doing a 30-day challenge starting February 1st, where we do 30 classes over 30 days. It's a bit of a logistical challenge for me (due mainly to parenting commitments) but I've worked out how I can do it. We sat down and plotted it out last night along with a few contingency classes. The only thing that's going to stop me is if my hernia operation gets scheduled in that month. It's going to be a nicely symbolic challenge too, because my girlfriend and I met through the local Bikram Yoga studio and we both started yoga in February 2013, four days apart, so it's little like an anniversary of sorts.

> Does your sport help you with your meditation practice?

I don't have a meditation practice beyond daily mindfulness (satipatthana style) separate from the yoga but I do have better mindfulness of body since starting the classes.

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Re: Which sport do you practice?

Postby Pondera » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:14 am

Skateboarding - bowl riding. Meditation helps with the sport, for me - not the other way around. It's the kind of sport where every movement of the body counts. I find my self riding bowl better when i'm aware of the kinesthetics of my body. And there's nothing quite like riding through a bowl when you've calmed down to the point where gravity is doing most of the work and the tempo is set by your breathing. It's easy to ride and make the mistake of watching the walls approach you as they come. In this case i don't end up in the zone. It's a little hard to remind my self to relax as i breath. But once i do, the walls start rushing by me as opposed to me rushing by them. And then my body movements become very precise and the flow of the run is indistinguishable from any actual movement. I sometimes feel entirely motionless. I know I am moving through space, but the effect makes time stand still.
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Re: Which sport do you practice?

Postby Babadhari » Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:25 pm

Pondera wrote: I sometimes feel entirely motionless. I know I am moving through space, but the effect makes time stand still.


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