April’s Challenge: Batman Yoga

A while back, I took some time off from tennis. Three years, actually. Hard to believe I didn’t play for so long when nowadays even a week without tennis makes me cranky.

For exercise during the hiatus, I ran and did some weights, as I had already been doing. And I added something new–yoga.

When I returned to tennis, I was surprised that not only did my game come back pretty quickly, but in some ways I was playing better than I had before. My strokes felt longer and more fluid, and I more easily handled balls outside my ideal strike zone.

I was sure it was the yoga that had improved my game. I’m not naturally flexible, so any small increase in my range of motion makes a noticeable difference. I vowed to keep up with the practice.

I’m sure you can guess what happened. Tennis gradually took up more of my week, and the time I devoted to other forms of exercise decreased. Yoga was the first thing to go.

Despite my best efforts, I keep getting older, and with each passing year, I grow less flexible. Not only does this diminish my game, it increases my chance for injury. Sounds like two excellent reasons to make yoga my monthly challenge.

Any yoga pose would help me, but I have in mind specifically those that improve my rotational range of motion. Instead of a complete yoga routine, I’m going to focus on twists.

Now if this were a quality blog, you’d be treated to a series of photos of a perfect woman modeling perfect poses. But I don’t have the budget for that. Besides, perfect people are annoying.

Fortunately, I have something so much better.

My mother-in-law visited us recently and unloaded some of her junk thoughtfully gave us one of my husband’s childhood toys that she’s been hoarding cherishing lo these many years: A Batman doll.

But this isn’t just any old Batman. This is the most flexible action figure I’ve ever seen. Here, for instance, is Batman in his yoga studio doing my favorite pose, Tree:

Tree pose

You’ll immediately notice two things. One, Batman is a master yogi with enviably open hips.

And two, he’s wearing a white cape way after Labor Day. He’s Batman. He doesn’t live by society’s rules.

Batman will now demonstrate the four yoga twists I’ll be incorporating into my daily routine:

1. Simple Cross-legged Pose with a Twist

Simple Cross-legged Pose with a Twist

Batman likes to ease into his yoga routine with this simple seated twist.

2. Reclined Spinal Twist

Reclined Spinal Twist

Ahhh… “Reclined” poses are so relaxing! (If only there were a “recliner with remote” pose.)

3. Half Lord of the Fishes

Half Lord of the Fishes

Because of his torn meniscus, Batman can’t achieve the full expression of Half Lord of the Fishes. He’s performing the modified version of this pose. (No judgment, Batman.)

4. Revolved Triangle

Revolved Triangle

Even in a more strenuous pose like Revolved Triangle, Batman maintains his serenity and focus.

So that’s it–four twists a day for the month of April.

(Admit it. You want to play with Batman now, don’t you?)

Namaste.

Can anyone recommend other yoga moves good for tennis players?

Bonus trivia question (worth one point to the first person who answers correctly): Which actor from the Rocky movie franchise played a villain in the Batman television show?

14 thoughts on “April’s Challenge: Batman Yoga

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  1. OMG! Love the Batman. He is way better than some perfect, plaible model. I would add some poses that emphasize core strength. I love doing a modified sun salutation flow with warrior, reverse warrior, and triangle in the middle. Have I done it lately? No. But it feels great.

    1. Maybe every post should have a Batman photo. I could make a little tennis racquet for him, have him model the perfect slice…

      I don’t know the reverse warrior–I’ll have to look that one up. Thanks for the suggestion!!

    1. Congratulations!!! You’ve earned one point! I’m not sure what you do with it. Accumulate more points and trade them in for fun prizes, I guess.

      I can’t believe I didn’t know Mick and the Penguin were played by the same actor. It’s so obvious now that I know.

  2. Very clever! Train him to do the dishes and fold the laundry while I play tennis and I may just marry your doll. I digress; yoga is amazing. I had a perfectly “balanced life” BC (before children) that included cardio, HIIT training and yoga. Now I play tennis with occasional bursts of HIIT. I mean occasional.

    1. Batman doesn’t do housework. That’s what Alfred is for.

      Maybe we can find an Alfred doll on ebay.

  3. I heard this was a funny entry on the court this morning. But, unfortunately, I decided to read it at work, where I really can’t laugh out loud at what would appear to be my computer screen. I am working on all these poses because: if Batman can, so can I. Love it! Thanks, Deb

  4. Burgess Meredith played the Penguin in that campy late 60’s show …..
    But after seeing Batman in these asanas (yup, I teach yoga), rather than hearing him say, “to the Batcave Robin”, it’ll now be, “to the Ashram Robin” (that’s assuming Robin’s into Yoga 🧘‍♂️) !

    Namaste,
    🤓
    🙏🏻
    ed

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