An Eastern practice meets a Western water sport? How is it possible? You wouldn’t imagine how yoga can benefit surfers unless you tried doing it. And before you decide to believe it is too boring for your taste, ask Kelly Slater and Gerry Lopez. According to yogajournal.com, nine-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater practices yoga regularly as a cross-training and can touch the top of his head to his heels in a glorious Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose). Gerry Lopez, Mr. Pipeline himself, had a useful article in Surfermag where he described how yoga could save your surfing.
You get quicker pop-ups
Yoga properly activates your lower abdominals. What’s more, it provides tremendous hip mobility that you need to balance yourself during pop ups. According to an article from matadornetwork, Chaturanga Dandasana or Four-Limbed Staff Pose will benefit your core, triceps and back. What’s best of all, the Eagle Pose stretches your upper back and shoulders which is very important for long paddling sessions.
Yoga Breathing allows you to settle down
… making you healthier. As everyone knows, surfing is definitely a nerve-racking sport. You are out there, paddling for hours to find a big wave and once you do, you have to make sure that you keep yourself “centered” to savor the ride so long as possible. Breathing helps you take the proper quantity of oxygen that your body demands to function at your highest level.
Just what is a right breathing? Let Gerry Lopez discuss it to you:
“Breathing is the first thing we do in this life. When done properly, breathing can really contribute positively to your overall health. But so many of us forget how to breathe. We become mouth-breathers and take really short, shallow breaths. When you breathe like that, you’re not getting the oxygen you need and you won’t be performing at your highest level. You could spend a lifetime studying how to breathe properly, but here’s a few quick points to keep in mind: Keep your mouth closed, and breathe in deeply and slowly through your nose. Let your breath fill your entire lungs and then exhale slowly.” (surgfermag.com)
Yoga can make you flexible
With complex stretching and conditioning techniques not seen in any other fitness plan, yoga guarantees a longer surf ride for you, perfect for Costa Rica surfing. Actually, Garrett McNamara shared his experience in a post entitled “How Yoga Helped Me Surf My Way To A World Record?” . He explained that in doing yoga, you could develop flexibility, allowing you to less prone to fatigue.
Yoga enhances your concentration plus your state of mind
With surfing, it’s a feast or a famine set up. And most of the time, the famine is longer than you expected. You typically spend more time waiting on the beach or paddling to catch the next big wave. Yoga breathing method can teach you the best way to turn those dull moments into focused meditation. By doing this, you build a better understanding about life in general – big waves (the good) and small waves (the bad) are part of nature. Would you like to supercharge your skills? Then head to the local yoga class in your area or watch free online video tutorials to find out if it’ll do the job. If the pro’s are doing it , then so do you. We found a surf vacation that permits you to expand your surfing skills coupled with yoga practice, provided by All-Star Adventures (allstartrips.com). This company provides fantastic surf vacations with instruction and surf camps for you. Check out their Surf and Yoga retreats…those look really awesome.