Pre-Surf Yoga Rituals With Samantha Hopper

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posted by James Willmott

She’s got strong passions for everything health, fitness and wellbeing, and that is just the tip of the iceberg for yoga aficionado, Samantha Hopper.

After completing her Certificate 3 and 4 in Health and Fitness at FIA Fitnation in 2013 and travelling the globe indulging in practices, Samantha has since dedicated her life and career path to sharing her creativity, passion and dreams with many people as possible, helping many individual’s overcome hurdles and adapt to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

We were lucky enough to catch up with the talented Gold Coast local to talk more about the lifestyle she lives and how we can all learn from it. To get things started, we present Samantha’s top pre-surf yoga rituals.

1. Seated Twist
Sit in a comfortable cross legged position. Lengthen through your spine so you’re sitting nice and tall. Relax the shoulders down and away from the ears. Hold the twist for 5 slow breaths twisting slightly further with each exhale. If you want to intensify the twist raise your back hand; bringing the stretch into the side body opening and expanding the lungs and ribcage.

This pose will help align the spine, it will stimulate your abdominal organs and help cleanse the body of toxins. Taking a moment to unite mind, body and breath will also calm the nervous system.

2. Reclined Hero Pose
This pose is a deep stretch for the thighs, hip flexors, knees and ankles. During surfing you rely on the strength of your legs to stand up and power across the wave so it’s very important to warm up the thigh muscles and your joints.

3. Cobra Pose
A gentle back bend helps to release stress and elevate energy levels. Cobra pose will stretch and open the front side of the body; stretching your abdominals, chest and shoulders while invigorating the heart.

4. Extended Side Angle Pose
Starting in Warrior II and then shifting the upper body forward into a side stretch. This pose will stretch and open the entire side body. It opens the hip joints, stretches the groin and releases the shoulders and neck. This pose mimics the twisting motion and strength that your body uses when catching a wave.

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5. Downward Facing Dog
Downward facing dog is a grounding pose. It helps you centre yourself which is important to assist with balance while surfing. A rejuvenating stretch for the shoulders, hamstrings and calves. It will also help build strength in the wrists, arms and shoulders. A really great pose to build stability in the body.

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6. Standing Side Stretch
A side stretch will warm up the spine and help relax the shoulder joint. This is important as it will help prepare the body for paddling.

7. Warrior I
Warrior I help align and square the hips. It will improve focus, balance and stability. Notice the heat that builds while holding this pose. That is energy building. Warrior I also encourages good circulation and respiration within the body.

Want to find out more from Samantha? Head over to Yoga + Sculpt and get in touch today!

*Imagery by Camilla Kirk.