Yoga For Surfers: Part One
Get your body warmed up and ready to hit the waves with some simple yoga moves that will have you fluid and focused on the green wall. Vinyasa Yoga is the ultimate companion exercise to surfing as it builds strength, balance and functional whole body awareness and movement. Keep these stretches light before a surf, post-surf the stretches can be deeper and more intense.
Standing Forward Fold
Open the back of the legs with either 1) bent knees hands on thighs; 2) bent knees fingers to the ground or; 3) a full fold with straight legs, straight back and head to knees. Choose bent knees if the hammies are tight or you have any lower back issues.
Open the front of the hips and prevent strain as you jump to your feet and crouch to speed along the face. Warm up the front of your shoulders as they prepare to paddle you onto wave after wave. And reach one hand down to gently prepare the spine for your cracking twists and turns.
One legged forward fold
Take the hammie stretch a little deeper with three options depending on how tight they are: 1) bent front knee , 2) fingers to the ground, 3) full fold with straight leg and head to knee. Don’t go too hard, easy on the hammies!
Don’t forget about the ITB that runs from your pelvis to your shin, your knees will be thankful! Keep it lighter by bending the front knee and not crossing the hand across the shin. Repeat the above sequence on the other side.