Bangalore: To cope with the rigours of the gruelling season ahead, Indian cricket team probables have taken to yoga to improve their fitness levels, in addition to other physical exercises. They are waking up to an hour-long yoga session daily in the ongoing conditioning camp here, a move mooted by team coach John Wright. Noted yoga instructor Dr S N Omkar puts them through yoga-related exercises which focuses on core stability, says the senior scientific officer in the department of aerospace engineering of the Indian Institute of Science here.
"The response from the probables is pretty good and they have been taking interest in yoga exercises," Omkar told. He said the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is having extended yoga session. "He (Tendulkar) spends additional half hour doing intrinsic stretches," the 42-year-old Omkar said. Omkar, who has been a regular whenever camps are held here, said the yoga exercises being imparted are aimed at body stability, flexibility and promoting symmetry and harmony besides the calming influence they have on practitioners. "Yoga tunes and tones every muscle.
It's aimed at helping players to relieve the stress and become calmer and achieve harmony of the entire body," he said. And it is not as if it is only physical fitness tests and more exercises for Sourav Ganguly and his men and no fun. Wright, physio Andrew Leipus and newly recruited trainer Gregory Allen King have made conscious attempts to infuse an element of fun in the scheme of things and also added a bit of healthy competition.
Today, some of the probables, including Ganguly, played a game of volleyball and they seemed to enjoy it. Spending sometime in the pool has also been a regular feature as the team is preparing to take on the might of New Zealanders and Australians.