The US Open is here, which means a lot of great tennis will be coming to New York City -- and even some great yoga from Maria Sharapova. Maria talks about the many benefits of integrating yoga into her workout.
In the video below from Nike, Maria says that she started practicing yoga when she was around "fifteen or sixteen years old" and says that yoga has helped her game quite a bit, particularly between points:
"I like to play at a certain pace... You play a point, and you have a certain amount of time between a point. That's kind of the time to breath, to think about what you have to do. When I do yoga it also allows me to sort of think about what I have to do, how my body is going to go into the next position, and breathing into the stretches. It's almost mentally stabilizing in one place."