The Benefits

Stress Free Sport (SFS) prepares the brain, and thereby the body, to be able to perform spontaneously under a very high level of challenge without getting stressed. The athlete who cultures his physiology according to SFS principals, is able to perceive their sport in a totally different way.

They begin to experience the mind, under high levels of challenge, takes in a much broader perspective of the game. This broader perspective permits the body to perform in a very easy and effortless way maintaining an overall attentiveness to the game with wakeful alertness.

How does SFS work? SFS works by teaching transcending—culturing of inner wakeful alertness at the source of thought during Transcendental Meditation practice—and by extension culturing silence on the field during competition.Ruben Sanchez, Founder of Stress Free Sports

Transcendental Meditation for Success

An athlete conditioned with SFS training can raise their game and the level of challenge they are capable of dealing with without stress. There are numerous training techniques that SFS promotes, but none is more fundamental, more foundational than the central training technique: Transcendental Meditation(TM).

TM is a very powerful mental technique based upon the inherent tendencies of the mind coupled with very subtle training; training that appear to the unexperienced on the surface as not doing; the very opposite of sporting activity. TM affects the mind and body in a very interesting way; a way that is comprehensively complementary to the field of action.

Stress Free Sport Training

Rather than training hard, SFS starts with the athlete going in the opposite direction: sitting still, closing the eyes and transcending the here and now. The mental technique employed by TM allows the mind to go to the place where thoughts come from. The process is very natural due to the innate tendency of the mind to go to levels of its self that are more charming, interesting and satisfying. This is the nature of the mind.

Deeper levels of the mind are where thoughts originate. Once in motion from the subtle, quiet level of the mind thoughts move through and are buffeted about by the stresses associated with/within the grosser aspects of our physiologies. Like an arrow that is miss-aimed, when we have a lot of stress, then the manifest results of our thoughts will be less sophisticated and less successful (off-target).

If we are rested and stress-free or at least less stressed, then our thoughts and associated actions will be more effective.

Diving Into the Source of Thought

Diving deep into the source of our mental activity, which again is the precursor to physical activity, allows us when the eyes are open, to bring the coherence and evolutionary qualities that the deeper levels of the mind inherently exhibit, into our waking activities, including our sports.

Brain Coherence

When we meditate, our pre frontal cortex becomes awakened and when we bring such brain-wave functioning into activity, even in small amounts, we gain wakefulness and alertness along with the capacity to act dynamically for the tasks at hand. This functioning during sports activity, especially during a game is how some athletes experience “the zone” perceiving everything in slow motion. “The zone” allows an athlete to maintain a broader awareness within the context of dynamic activity and results in effective motion and effective motion translates into effective performance.

"The Zone" - And So Much More!

Through SFS the athlete experiences an increasing infusion of alert silence with mental perception and dynamic behavior. Increasing silence during activity supports “the zone” experience even during demanding competition. However, SFS is doing much more than culturing experience of “the zone” in sports. Alert silence becomes part of the athlete’s life off the field as well, when dealing with family, with friends, with off-season activities SFS develops the total athlete.

For Everybody

TM and SFS training concepts and practices have applicability for the development of athletes, coaches, mangers, executives and support staff no matter what level of sports they work with from recreational, to semi-pro, to professional, to the world class competitive level. TM and SFS offer anyone so motivated to better themselves and achieve higher levels of consciousness and performance.

Being Natural

Performing while in silence creates a naturalness of competition without attachment to the fruits of action which maximizes performance and minimizes stress. The activity serves everyone's evolution without the strain, negative emotions and injury that are commonplace in athletics today.

Benefits Every Area of Life

And the best news is that the refinement of one’s sporting performance also refines one’s entire life. Refinement naturally results from development of consciousness providing less of all the negative side-effects and more of the fun and fulfilment we seek in recreational activities.

SFS is the gateway for everyone to be a winner.

Conventional sports paradigmsStress Free Sports based paradigms

  1. Competition-focused
  2. Winning focused
  3. Competitive sports linked closely to pursuit of scholarship opportunities and the hope for eventual monetary rewards
  4. Competitive sports linked closely to money-making by all those who sell dreams of greatness and feed upon those dreams
  5. Recreational sports often too closely linked/influenced by competitive sports ambitions
  6. Ego dominance with excessive attachment to winning, getting trophies, scholarships, defeating rivals, acquiring money and prestige;
  7. Fanaticism in following favorite athletes and teams (hence the derivation of the term “fan”)
  8. Exertion focused to “Leave everything on the field.”; Sacrifice yourself for the team effort – “No pain, no gain.”
  9. Intentional fouling is common and an accepted/expected part of sports at the professional level, i.e., the so-called “professional foul”
  10. Gaining fame and fortune are the goal of many

  1. Sports should serve only as a vehicle for individual and team evolution/fulfillment
  2. Being the best that you can be without harming others is the goal and the means to the goal
  3. Winning is defined as intending to do your best, getting better with time and letting go of striving so as to avoid stress, and to cultivate getting into “the zone”
  4. Doing your best is its own reward; doing your best while simultaneously respecting your opponents regardless of the final score is the most admirable of sports comportment
  5. Scholarships and money come if they come for some, but are to be ignored by all sports participants
  6. Scholarships and money should manifest as a byproduct of individual growth (as a human being and as a valued member of teams; not mainly as a result of physical talents alone)
  7. Sports enthusiasts who follow their favorite athletes and teams without bad-will towards opposing teams and fans
  8. Sacrificing your physical well-being for the team effort, stymies your personal evolution and ability to contribute to team objectives and goals; indeed such action is counterproductive to team goals; physical exertion through training and competition should be at levels of effort where one stays within one’s abilities so as to culture strength, endurance and skill, and avoid/prevent injury; “Pain, no gain.” (pain is injury)
  9. Intentional fouling is to be avoided to prevent harm to others and ultimately to oneself
  10. Sport is life and the desired end never justifies use of any means possible for winning in the game of life; this is the goal of sport; the noblest of sports ambitions – winning in the game of life

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