Post Surf Yoga Rituals With Samantha Hopper
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. We first started with pre-surf yoga rituals (view them here), and now it’s with great pleasure we present Samantha’s top post-surf yoga rituals.
1. Rag Doll (Standing Forward Bend)
This pose is a deep stretch for the back of the legs; your hamstring, behind the knee, calves and hips. It’s also a great position to stretch and lengthen out the lower back. You can perform the stretch with a bend in your knees to lessen the intensity. The benefits of this pose are endless! It will help improve digestion, calm the brain, which assists in relieving stress; it will also reduce fatigue and anxiety.
2. Eagle Arm Stretch
Eagle arms will assist in shoulder flexibility and mobility. This pose will benefit you after surfing as you’re constantly using your arms to paddle. Eagle Arms will reduce stiffness through the shoulder blades. As a result you may also improve concentration.
3. Cow Face Pose
Cow face Pose is a very intense stretch through the hips, glutes and thighs. It will improve overall mobility in the legs. Stiffness and soreness will be reduced and will also increase blood flow through the legs. Increasing your blood flow will then assist in overall improved circulation.
4. Wide Legged Forward Fold
A wide legged forward fold is a grounding pose. Most forward folds including this one will calm the brain; minimizing brain activity (thoughts) it will improve concentration and focus. This pose will help relax the body and also assist in relieving mild backache. You will stretch and strength the groin, hamstrings and also the spine. Basically the perfect winding down pose after a surf.
5. Upward Table
I have recommended this pose because of its stretching benefits. Upward table is also great for strengthen the arms, wrists and legs however you will notice relieving stretch through the upper body first! Deeply stretching your shoulders, opening your chest and heart. If you have no back or neck injuries try letting your neck go and enjoy the opening at the front of your throat.
6. Childs Pose (Wide Legs)
Another grounding pose to bring your attention and awareness back to the body. Childs Pose will calm the mind as well as help relive stress and fatigue in the body. This position notifies your body that it can relax. The muscles in your hips, thighs and ankles will feel a gentle stretch. The spine will also benefit in this position as it assists in aligning and lengthen the spine from the tailbone all the way to the base of the skull.
Want to find out more from Samantha? Head over to Yoga + Sculpt and get in touch today!
*Imagery by Camilla Kirk.