Here at Evolve Chile, we offer a range of different activities during your ski and snowboard experience.
One activity that we offer is meditation.
Here are some of the 5 reasons why YOU should meditate after a long day on the slopes
1 . IT INCREASES YOUR FOCUS
If you want to become a better athlete, focus is a necessity. If you are going in for a jump you’ve never tried or skiing a line that requires your undivided attention, then you are going to need how to keep your mind focussed on the task at hand. What better way to ensure that you have that attention to the slopes when necessity calls than to train your mind.
Meditation does just that. It teaches you to remain concentrated when distracting thoughts come intruding into your mental space. Keep a clear mind with a single focal point.
2. IT MAKES YOU MORE REFLECTIVE
Though meditation in itself is about focussing on the present moment, not on the past nor on the future, the act of meditation helps to promote reflection. The calm state induced by meditation carries into the periods following a meditation session. Rather than getting caught up in the upbeat state of affairs around you, after a session of meditation your are likely to be more in touch with your inner thoughts. You therefore, may be inclined to think back to day that has just passed.
What a better way to improve your skills than to think back and replay your day in your mind? Thinking back to what you did right, what you did wrong, and what you will try differently next time can drastically improve your performance.
3. IT CALMS YOU
Meditation is a calming experience, a day on the slopes is not. A session of meditation can help restore the balance in your life. Meditation brings your emotions back to a state of balance and calms your body and mind, reducing stress and helping you sleep better.
The benefits of reduced stress, and better sleep patterns are two inarguably valuable benefits to have – especially for someone trying to reaching their peak on a peak.
4. HOW BETTER TO CONTROL YOUR BREATHING?
What is one key to endurance training? Learning to breathe properly.
What does medidation focus on teaching you? To pay attention to your breathing.
Its that simple.
5. GET AWAY FROM FEAR
Fear is a huge roadblock when it comes to trying something you’ve never tried before. Meditation is a great way to learn to look your fears in the eye.
Medidation calms the central fear hub of your brain, even after you are finished your meditation session (Look it up we’re not lying!). This means, that even if you are on the slopes with your adrenaline pumping, your heart beating, and your lactic acid rushing through your body, your fears will still be calmed by the practices of meditation that you’ve been dedicating your time to.
Jamie Anderson is a great example of an athlete that actively promotes the act of meditation. Read about how Jamie stays calm here.
“Meditation is key. It’s a crazy world we live in. Everything is happening so fast in our world, so to take a moment and clear the mind and just be totally present is so healing. I want to meditate more. This media tour has been crazy, and I need a full week of silent meditation! Soon I will be able to take that time for myself.” – Jamie Anderson, Olympic Gold Medal Snowboarder
Here is a great easy-to-do meditation session to try yourself