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Yoga or Golf

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.”


In the calm embrace of dawn, where the first light delicately caresses the earth, two distinct worlds unfold, each offering its own path to enlightenment and mastery. Yoga and golf, though seemingly disparate, share a profound connection in their pursuit of harmony, balance, and inner peace. These practices, one ancient and the other relatively modern, invite their followers into realms where the physical and the mental converge in a delicate dance.

“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.”

Shanna LeFleur 

Yoga, with its roots steeped in millennia of tradition, is a sanctuary for the soul. It is a journey inward, where each breath is a step towards self-discovery and tranquility. The mat becomes a sacred space, a microcosm of the universe where every posture is a prayer, every stretch a hymn to the body’s potential. In the stillness of a yoga session, one can hear the whispers of the self, the quiet murmurings of the mind finding its rhythm in the flow of asanas. It is here, in the gentle embrace of poses, that the practitioner finds not just physical flexibility, but a profound stillness that resonates within.

“Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists.”

Ellen Brenneman

In contrast, the lush, rolling greens of a golf course beckon with a different kind of serenity. The sport of golf, with its emphasis on precision and concentration, offers a canvas where the mind’s focus is as crucial as the body’s movement. Each swing is a testament to the harmony between muscle memory and mental clarity. The golfer stands poised, the world narrowing to the ball and the target, a moment suspended in time where everything aligns for that perfect shot. The satisfaction of a well-placed drive, the quiet triumph of a successful putt, these are the rewards of a sport that, like yoga, demands a meditative presence and a disciplined mind.

“No matter how good you get, you can always get better - - and that’s the exciting part.”

Tiger Woods 

Yet, beneath these apparent differences, yoga and golf share a symbiotic relationship with nature. Yoga often finds its practitioners in serene studios or outdoor settings where the breath syncs with the natural world. The practice of grounding oneself, feeling the earth beneath, mirrors the golfer’s connection to the landscape. The golf course, with its meticulously manicured beauty, is a testament to the delicate balance between human ingenuity and the natural world. Here, every blade of grass, every undulation of the terrain, plays a role in the game, reminding the golfer of the intricate dance between man and nature.

The essence of yoga lies in its inward journey, a quest for self-awareness and inner peace. It is a personal voyage where the destination is the self, stripped of all pretenses, a return to a state of pure being. Golf, on the other hand, offers a more external challenge, yet it too demands a deep introspection. The golfer must confront not just the physical challenges of the course, but the mental ones as well. Each game is a reflection of the self, a mirror showing strengths and areas for growth.

In both yoga and golf, there is a profound respect for the journey. The yogi’s path is one of continual growth, a lifelong practice where each session brings new insights and deeper understanding. The golfer’s journey is similar, each round offering lessons, each game a step towards mastery. Both disciplines teach patience, perseverance, and the importance of staying present.

In short, yoga and golf, though different in their practice and approach, offer a shared promise: the quest for balance, harmony, and peace. Whether one is finding stillness in a downward dog or focus, in a perfect drive, both paths lead to a deeper connection with oneself and the world. They are reminders that in the pursuit of mastery, whether of the mind or the game, the true victory lies in the journey itself.

Chitra Singh


Ahsan Jamil 

Golfer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Author, Poet, Wanderer, YouTuber. Conservationist. 


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Never thought how closely yoga and golf are similar and connects the soul. Both offers listening to soul, as Rumi says!

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