Saturday, March 30, 2013

Namaste



If you want to improve your surfing as well as your overall health, I highly recommend yoga. People who haven't tried it tend to think it's all about flexibility, but it's so much more that that. Since I started doing it I've become more flexible of course, plus my core strength has improved greatly as well as my balance. My breathing is more relaxed and with increased lung capacity paddling becomes easier. I've also noticed a difference in my weight/cross training. The mental aspects are just as beneficial. Being more aware of what your body is doing translates beautifully to surfing.

Group classes in your community is a great way to start.They are pretty easy to find in just about every city. If you are in OC, I highly recommend Yogasmart. Christine is great and just added a new location - a beautiful studio in Laguna Canyon. 24 Hour Fitness and LA Fitness have classes throughout the week and are usually free or very inexpensive. Also, there are lots of DVDs to choose from if you want to practice in the comfort of your own home. There are even some geared specifically for surfers like Yoga for Surfers.

Remember, start slow and don't worry if you can't perform all, or any, of the poses perfectly. I surely can't! But it's lots of fun and the benefits are numerous.

1 comment:

Surfing Grandma of OC said...

I start my morning with 10 sun salutations daily! Really wakes up the body!
I also really enjoy Yoga for Surfers:-)
~Namaste~