Have a count! There is a timing judge at each event with a timer making sure you are holding the poses for at least 5 seconds.
When I train, I practice holding for 10 seconds because on stage it is very normal for competitors to speed up the timing. So once I'm in the posture, I count down from 10.
The count will assure that you don't lose points on time (or worse, get a zero!), and also keep your mind very focused on what you are doing.
Once you start your count, DON'T MOVE!!
If you move, the timing judge starts your time over, so you have to be still.
I hope this is helpful!! Good luck with your training!
We are coaching our Yoga Sportsters to prepare for the Southern States Super Regional, one month away, with a focus on repetition. With one month away, we encourage athletes to focus just on their 3 minute choreographed routines. Athletes are coached to create their final routine and repeat their 3 minute routine 10 times a day. Five times on each side for double-sided postures. Each routine performed during the repetition must be done clean. If the Posture is not done correctly, it must be repeated, to end with your best muscle memory.
In these practices as coaches, we can nitpick each posture in the routine and adjust the athlete's choreography to make the best use of their time in the three minute routine. It is highly recommended that athletes at this stage have someone watching and timing their routines to be critiqued and coached.
We coach athletes to perform their routines in front of others as much as possible and to get their timing consistent. This gives the athlete more confidence to perform on stage giving them a higher chance of success of performance.
One of my favorite coaching tips is planning to reduce your stress level before your competition season. It will help you to perform calmly and focused on stage and to enjoy your experience. For example, training your mind and body to create consistent muscle memory on daily basis will reduce your stress level on stage because you are no longer thinking about it. You are just executing. Being a planner is an advantage so allow yourself to add it into your daily yoga practice.