U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is underway.  

Look to see some towels draped over the head.  

It's not just an escape from the heat of the sun.  

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It's an escape from the heat of the game.  

 In yoga, this sort of sensory withdrawal is called pratyāhāra.

You cover the eyes, nose, ears and mouth - withdrawing the senses from any external objects.

Pratyāhāra literally means 'gathering toward oneself.'

It's a centering practice.  

To draw you toward the calm within.

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With the TV cameras rolling, and the line judge waiting, there's not a lot of room to escape.  

But players seemed to have found a simple solution.

And in doing so, they have tapped into an ancient practice.