John Isner: Yoga Champion


You've probably heard at least something about the record breaking three-day tennis match between the United States' John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut, but you may not have heard about the interview with Isner where he clearly qualifies himself as a yogi--immersed in willful intention without concern for results.

"Especially once the match got past, you know, 25-all, I wasn't
really thinking," said Isner. "Hitting a serve and trying to hit a
forehand winner is the only thing I was doing."

When it did
conclude, Isner dropped down to the court, rolled on his back and kicked
his legs in the air--sounds like Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose) to us.

And we aren't the only ones feeling inspired by Isner's presence; Matt Harvey has put out all call for people to tweet tennis inspired haikus to his account @wimbledonpoet.

To watch highlights:
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And to write a haiku about it:

Erin Chalfant is a
writer, yoga teacher and the Web Editor at Yoga Journal.