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Religious beliefs and spiritual inclination of Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a devout Christian and he practices Christianity. He is often seen invoking the Lord during his matches on the ATP Tour. The Holy Cross around his neck clearly demonstrates his religious beliefs. Reports indicate that the Serbian regularly reads Christians’ holy book, the Bible.

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Novak Djokovic

“I am an Orthodox Christian” – Djokovic

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Serbian legend Novak Djokovic is a member of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He made enormous contributions to monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. He also did charity in Serbia. For his notable work in religious centers, the Patriarch Irinej of Serbia awarded Djokovic the Order of Saint Sava I class in 2011.

“It is the most important title of my life because before being an athlete, I was an Orthodox Christian”, he declared after receiving this honor. It is the highest decoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Its key success factors – yoga and meditation

Besides his religious beliefs, Novak is supremely spiritual and works for his spiritual development. He is passionate about yoga and regularly mediates. Djokovic credits yoga and meditation for his success on the tennis court.

In 2018, Novak Djokovic made an “impossible return” to the ATP Tour, and the Serbian credits yoga for its success. He was ranked outside the Top 20 standings and did not win a title in the first half of the 2018 season. However, with a positive attitude, the Serbian won the Wimbledon title and then extended his streak of consecutive wins at 26.

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Novak Djokovic

Jelena Djokovic introduced yoga to Novak

His wife Jelena Djokovic is an avid reader and with her interest in reading different subjects, she came across the concept of yoga. The couple later adopted the practice and started doing it together. Djokovic practices “pranayama” (breathing exercises), sun salutations and other yoga poses. It helped him stay at “an optimal state of mind and peace and quiet.”

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“I do meditation and yoga out of the need to have an optimal state of mind, peace and calm, and at the same time happiness and joy” he said Have fun. Apparently at Buddhist Buddhapadipa temple at Wimbledon, Djokovic practices meditation for an hour each time he is there. Novak is close to the monks there and he spoke of the positive power of meditation.