Yoga for Skiers and Snowboarders
Ski and snowboard enthusiasts need all the support they can get when it comes to knees and backs. A strong back is a sign of good health. The back is the 'keystone' in our physical structure, it supports us as we move around, sit down and stand up and also works to support the fragile knee joints by taking some of the load off them.
One of the biggest complaints from first time skiers/boarders after a day on the slopes is of sore leg muscles, especially in the hamstrings. First timers or anyone who doesn't stretch much will greatly benefit from Yoga postures.
Having a strong and flexible physical body will add joy to that feeling of freedom for this sport that require 100% strength from the start to the finish of the run. Unlike many other sports, there is no rest time or stopping and starting periods during the run.
Good balance is the key for skiers and boarders as our centre point of gravity is always shifting to maintain an upright position and our bodies are constantly realigning to position correctly. Yoga postures teach us balance. Our legs and feet are our foundation. A stable foundation to rely on allows for the upper body to move freely and with ease.
Yoga teaches us, through breath and body awareness, to be more present in the moment. When we are completely present there is no thought and no fear. Being on the slopes and in this no-mind state is the experience that brings enthusiasts back season after season.
When exhausted and sore at the end of a big day on the slopes make the time to practice relaxing postures and you'll feel a lot better for it. The bodies energy levels restore and the mind is calmed.