Dr.Robert Heller’s Mind-Body Newsletter
“Peak Performance Strategies for Better Living”
“THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION”
60 minutes featured a segment on the current number 1 men’s tennis player in the world from the small country of Serbia, Novak Djokovic and his amazing journey from practicing tennis between the bombings in his country to holding the Wimbledon Trophy above his head.
His interest started at age 5 and his talent was recognized by a local tennis pro early on as well. She not only taught him the game but mentored him, even exposed him to classical music which he still listens to and attributes to helping him stay calm under pressure. He dreamed big from the beginning seeing himself as holding the Wimbledon Trophy one day. His parents were working class people who owned a pizza shop and making a better life was a big motivation for his commitment for hard work and managing adversity. Tennis was his way out to a better life and he has taken full advantage of it.
The Dalai Lama on Piers Morgan
In broken English, this humble, friendly and happy man openly talked about his life and views. During the interview, he smiled and laughed a lot. Other than tasting a few drops of wine at the age of 8, he has stayed totally clear of all alcohol and drugs. When asked why, his response was simple: No Need. A calm and clear mind is its own reward and is fine the way it is. Do you need another reason to practice meditation?
Helping Athletes Cope
My two hour presentation to fellow psychologists on Helping Athletes Cope, was well received. Many colleagues reinforced my own view of the importance of Off Court Experiences on On Court Performances and the value of personal counseling to develop “life skills” in addition to their sports related skills. One colleague at a division one school, has the support of the coaches and the administration who contracts with her to confidentially see any athlete confidentially and for free!
Yoga at Any Age
In my recent presentation on Helping Athletes Cope, I showed a video of the world’s number 1 female tennis player, Maria Sharapova, doing and commenting on why she practices yoga. A distinguished and vibrant colleague in her 80’s shared she regularly participates in a yoga class and asked me to join her in doing “downward dog”!
A joint workshop on Yoga and Athletic Performance is in the works for October. I will be teaming up with Iyengar Yoga teacher, Stephanie Streff, owner of Yoga Sol in Delray Beach, Florida for a unique program combining modern western psychology practices with ancient yoga practices to enhance performance and coping skills. Stay tuned for details.
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