Hello, skier yogis! Welcome to another flow to feel good.
Today’s yoga class is for those of us that love to spend time outside skiing or snowboarding. Snowboarding didn’t quite make the title, but it’s for you, too. 😉
We all know the feeling after a long day on the mountain – happy as a clam from spending the whole day outside, maybe a couple apres beers, and your body is tiiiiired. And probably pretty tight.
Which is where videos like this come in! Skiing is HARD work (I don’t care what anyone else tells you, it’s a damn workout). So, like most other forms of exercise, it’s important to come back to balancing out the body.
Today we’re focusing on loosening up the body after we’ve spent a day out in the mountains. Not to worry – we’re not pumping things up today.
Whether skiing or snowboarding, we’re in a forward-leaning position. Instead of forward folding and continuing to stretch the back, we’re bending the opposite direction to bring balance to our spine.
Quads, Hamstrings and Hips
Firstly, so much of the strength needed come from our quads – like many other outdoor activities. Since a lot of the brunt and flexion from skiing goes to the quads, we’ll work to relax and open through the front of the legs. Similarly, with the hips not getting much movement, we’ll be working to mobilize the hip joint.
Related: Yoga Poses to Build Booty Strength
And then we’ll stretch the hammies, because it feels good.
Calves and Feet
If you stick your feet in ski boots for a whole day, surely your lower body is going to be ready to move in any kind of direction.
*Anyone else consider ski boots as vice grips for the feet?*
Tip: Keep the toes flat on the ground in downward facing dog to stretch through the shin.
Lastly, is continuing to move the last bits of our spine in all directions – our neck! We’ll be adding just a touch of movement to balance out gazing in one direction.