One of the most exciting things for me this quarter is the start of badminton, which I also committed to last year. After doing yoga last quarter, I’m ready for the more fast paced and competitive atmosphere of the badminton courts. I’m also looking forward to improving my technical knowledge of the sport and playing against my friends (it’s always fun debating who won a particular point!)
My aims for badminton this quarter are…
(a) Successfully performing more challenging badminton shots (such as ‘the smash’)
(b) Improving my footwork so that I can reach the shuttlecock easier for shots
(c) Improving my strategy (for example, hitting clear shots when my opponent is on the front court)
Photo Credits: Ika Zakaria
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As this quarter comes to a close, all my progress and memories in yoga class are experiences I look back on fondly. As the pictures on my yoga posts reflect, our class grew in size and energy as the term went on, and it was a nice reminder of how far we had all come.
Looking back on the goals I set for this quarter, I am happy with the progress I made, especially since achieving these objectives were more of an enjoyment and challenge rather than a mandatory task. At the beginning of the semester, I had hoped yoga would be more physically challenging this time around, and this certainly proved to be the case. Almost as difficult as assuming poses was holding them for 10 (very long) seconds! The challenge, however, made my aching muscles worth it.
Every yoga class, we started with a routine called the ‘Sun Salutations’, which consisted of key yoga poses, such as the ‘Downward dog’ and ‘The log’. While this proved challenging at first, as most yoga routines did, processing it every day in class really helped me improve, while also ensuring that I knew the names and positions of many more yoga poses. (Once you manage to stay in ‘Downward dog’ for 10 seconds, it is very hard to forget its name!) As a major part of my goals focused on retaining knowledge about this action in order to practice and improve in the future, this was a great help to me.
Hopefully, even though I won’t be continuing yoga next quarter, I will keep practicing it at home and carry the skills I learnt into the future!