Guns and Yoga?

by Jan 8, 2012Uncategorized

Guns and Yoga?

I found this link a couple weeks ago and thought it was really interesting. The idea that shooting guns is as relaxing as yoga is one I could back. I am not a yoga expert and really not a gun expert, but I totally agree that the adrenaline rush you get from shooting is relaxing and relieves stress. I think about the endorphins that are released while hunting, the excitement and the high that comes from a successful hunt. Even when I was sitting in my seat waiting (and waiting), I could feel the rush and muscle memory of shooting the gun and I think it did bring on a sense of a ‘runner’s high’ that would help keep me warm while I sat in 20 degree weather =)

So, while I agree with this article and the idea of shooting as something relaxing, what about all of you?

5 Comments

  1. My daughter is 7 and we've conquered the Red Ryder and now she's plinking with the Ruger 10/22. Shooting isn't only relaxing, it's awesome and is a perfect pastime for any woman or man to enjoy (even together). There's a target, you have a ton of possibilities that can either make it easier or that may hinder your success.

    Plus you tell me of any circumstance where a girl didn't want to outdo a boy… my beauty already is sizing up her daddy and looks forward to our next outing.

    So relaxing? Yup. But it goes way further than that. Thanks for giving me a reason to hit some keys today.

    DEDH

  2. After a few missives from work today that required me to pull my hair out as I fired up my laptop, I found that afterward the first thing I wanted to do, as a way to relax, was a few rounds of skeet…A yoga mat would work well for cleaning (with a towel on top) or as a shooting mat…

  3. Can't recall ever having any stress while I was pulling triggers!!

    • It was relieving stress after you pulled the trigger is what it is all about! Good Lord!

  4. It is therapy for sure, unless your having problems sighting in, then it is most frustrating!

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