You’ll probably agree that the sport is hard on the body when we talk about surfing especially if you are a surfer. You’re on an unstable surface with uncertain elements to begin with. In Indonesia, most of their sports are not set for someone who has the slight bicep nor the faint hearted because you are going to battle sharp reefs or 5 knots current (at Nusa Dua) to make it out. What would be your key to keep your body primed with the high demands of surfing? Yoga might be a best choice.
Step your left foot back, about one leg length behind while you are standing and facing the ocean. facing to the front at 45 degrees angle Point your left foot and step it a few inches to the left and during inhalation, slowly extend your right arm towards the front, keeping your core strong, and knee slightly bent and you reach your arm toward your knee, shin or if you are more open, towards your toes. Spread your toes wide into the sand, and hips should be rotated and also the torso up toward the sky. Go after with your left arm and reach it overhead and stay like this for a few deep inhales and exhales, and repeat on the opposite side. The side of your body can be stretched allowing for more reach when you are to paddle and the inner legs are strengthened and overall balance is improve.
Yoga only improves flexibility as known by some people. What they have to know is that as the situation demands through Yoga, you can develop an intelligent body that can be loose and twisty or strong and centered. An intelligent body that can be loose and twisty or strong and centered as the situation demands can also be developed in yoga. The presence of mind to remain calm under pressure is also gained in yoga.
Give yourself at least five minutes in a quiet spot you found before hitting the waves. And keep in mind that the experience is delightful not in the outcome of your surfing. There could be some few position that you can practice in the quiet spot. Downward Dog
Hands and knees coming together and your legs slightly straighten but knees are not lock. Diagonally away from your hands, send your hips and spread your fingertips. You can breathe and hold for about five seconds and it is not needed that your heels touch the sand. Try to find length in the harm string and spin while you make an upside down V with your body. Benefits: It lengthens the back of your body to counter over development of frontal extension muscles from padding.
You don’t have to become a vegetarian to do yoga as what most popular belief tells. Since the late ’60′s, surfing and the practice of Yoga are intrinsically linked when hippies and surfers searched soul connection on the beaches of Hawaii and California. The only difference is that while yogis turn inward to find peace, seek their Zen in the outward art of riding waves. With surfing, can physical yoga be of any help? According to Vancouver-based Eoin Finn, who teaches yoga, ecology and surfing at retreats in Bali, Mexico, and Costa Rica, he said, “ABSOLUTELY”.surfing, Yoga, Yoga And Surfing
May 06 2011 07:41 am | Yoga