NBA players have different ways of preparing themselves and staying in top physical and mental shape. There are numerous stories about hour-long workouts many NBA greats did to get better at their craft. Some of them are somewhat unusual, and the recent story Indiana Pacers center Miles Turner shared on Pull Up Podcast, proves just that. Interestingly enough, Turner does yoga, and most of the people would think that is pretty standard because several NBA players are doing the same thing as a part of their workout regime. However, his yoga classes in this specific case include wasps as well.
Turner explained his yoga teacher is very unorthodox and that wasps help people work on their focus and staying locked in throughout the class. When he started with yoga classes, Turner didn’t expect that wasps are a vital part of those sessions, but soon he realized that if he doesn’t bother them, they won’t bother him.
“It makes you really focused on your breath. My yoga teacher, she is crazy. So we do a lot of unorthodox stuff. Her studio, there is a whole bunch of wasps, like legit wasps that are flying around. I thought that was the weirdest thing, but it’s actually intentional. She put it in there to make you locked in and not focused on the wasps. If you don’t mess with them, they won’t mess with you. There is this weird balance thing she tried to preach to me.”
After a while, Turner got so used to having wasps during his yoga classes that he didn’t even know they were there. Turner thinks it’s all about not losing composure and staying in perfect body and mind balance, which sharpens focus.
“I got to the point where I don’t even know they are there. They are just flying around, you hear them. One landed on me one time, and I was able to stay in my pose, but that is the focus you get overtime and get better with it.”
😭 Crazy But True! https://t.co/RU8WxrzG0C
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) April 9, 2020