The Sporting Zone – How to get in it?

The Sporting Zone – How to get in it?

Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:26

On August 15, 2013 Jason C wrote:

Hi Mark

I really enjoyed listening to you talk in Fiji, you had some great ideas that I am keen to incorporate into my and my familys life.

I talked to you on Saturday night as you were leaving about my motor racing and the up coming Australian titles. I have been out of the car for 14 months after an accident, while Im not nervous about getting back in the car ( I’m super excited) I would love to hear what tips you may have for me to prepare in the lead up to the event. The weeks, days but especially the hours and minutes before the race, what is the best state to be in.

I have just downloaded your audio book via the app store and will start listening to it tonight on the way home.

Talk soon Mate- Thank you

Jason C

MARK’S Reply:

Hi Jason

The ideal state is basically the ‘zone state’ which can also be described as the state of ‘restful awareness’ or ‘restful arousal’. The chances of getting in this state can be improved over time but transcending based meditation practices. My major recommendation would be to look into doing Transcendental Meditation or TM. This is what I did at the start of my career, and a large number of elite athletes were doing it back then as they are today.

There is a description of the meditation we did in the seminar at https://www.markbunn.com.au/meditation_breathing/.

The other thing is to practice what is called ‘Pranayama’ breathing. You can do this before the meditation but also I think it would be great while sitting in your car before the race etc. It balances both sides of the brain, calming mind and body and focusing the mind. Perfect.

I don’t have anything in written form on it but if you Google ‘Pranayama breathing’, you should get loads of information.

Hope all that helps and good luck with it all. Let me know how you go.

* Chapter 4 of my book which is on the true purpose of exercise, touches on some other important principles of exercise and sports performance which can help.

Yours in good health

Mark B

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.