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Hockey team practising Yoga to enhance mental strength

chandigarh Updated: Jul 15, 2012 14:30 IST
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Set to return to the Olympic stage after eight years, the Indian hockey team is working hard on being a mentally strong unit by practising yoga and meditation before the London Games.

"Olympics is the topmost event and we are playing there after eight years. So, naturally there is pressure to perform. We are practising Yoga daily for 40 minutes to enhance mental strength," Indian captain Bharat Chettri told 'PTI' from Spain.

"We also have interactive sessions with coach Michael
Nobbs and trainer David John on daily basis in which they share their good experiences. John has also started an innovative mental visualisation session on a daily basis which is a sort of meditation," he said.

The mental visualisation sessions have been a regular affair for the past one month.

"We take part in mental visualisation sessions before every match for the last one month. It is a sort of meditation. We all lie down and forget about the external world. David (John) then makes us imagine the real match situation according to the opponent," he said.

"We all imagine that how we are going to react in that situation. It is so useful that we choose team composition and make strategy according to that," he added.

Chettri is well aware that Mission London is going to be very tough for them but he goes by the new mantra of "convert your weaknesses into your strength".