There are many parallels between yoga and surfing and the types of people who gravitate to each discipline. Both require significant strength, flexibility and balance but they also share an introspective and meditative quality.
Unfortunately, surfing can be brutal on your body in numerous different ways—from imbalance to misalignment, and instability to overuse. Unless that is, you put a serious conditioning and recovery plan in place.
In this 15-video introductory course, you’ll practice a variety of different styles of yoga to release tension in tight muscles, build strength in the upper body and give you the tools you need to dial in your breathing, focus and body awareness.
YOGA 15 FOR SURFERS
When I first went to Bali in 2016, I spent 6 months teaching yoga at a surf camp. My students were in the water a minimum of 3 hours a day, and by the time they made it to class, they were destroyed! Sore arms, shoulders, neck and lower back. Before each surf, we would go through some dynamic stretches and joint mobilisations. And in the evenings, we practiced long, slow stretches (yin yoga) to release tension in the muscles they had been working out in the water.
Surfers were the second group of athletes that I taught after mountain bikers. I used to write weekly articles for The Inertia but at some point, when I branched out into teaching athletes from multiple different sports, I couldn’t keep it up anymore. Now that I’m spending more time in Mexico again, I’d like to get back to working with more surfers and paddle-boarders.
Check out our article with talented surfer, Brenda Flores in which she shares her four favourite pre-surf poses.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS COURSE
- Loosen up tight hips and hamstrings.
- Strengthen the core and upper body.
- Stabilise the ankles, knees and pelvis.
- Decompress the lumbar spine.
- Improve breathing efficiency and capacity.
- Enhance balance and proprioception.
- Alleviate lower back, upper back, shoulder and neck pain.
- Provide much-needed rest and relaxation.
- Improve your sleep quality.
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