Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Before hitting the water most of us like doing some stretches on the beach heating up the muscles. All though this is a great way to start and a good time to check the waves, it’s even better if you do the right poses that reach exactly those areas that are needed for your surf. This short yoga sequence will not only improve your surfing, but will also aid with the mental focus needed in the waves.
1.Paschimma baddhanguliyasana (hands clasped behind back)
This is a great first pose, as not only does it open the shoulder joints and chest area, it also opens up the space of the heart. As this area tends to close off especially when the waves are a bit bigger or the line up busier then expected in which feelings of doubt can arise. Your shoulders change from being relaxed to a state of ending up by your ears & subconsciously you close your chest and heart area. This pose is amazing to counteract this!
Benefits: Shoulder joint & chest opening; create space for the heart & diaphragm. Relieves negative feelings.
How: To do this pose stand firmly with feet hip width apart and clasp your hands behind your back straightening your arms (when the shoulders are very tight, try to straighten them as much as possible without overstraining) now roll your shoulders back and down away from your ears and create maximum lift from your chest to your chin, creating a strong opening upwards in the chest and heart area. Change sides by releasing the clasp of the fingers and changing the interlock the fingers.
2. Ardha Padmasana Utkatasana (half squatted lotus)
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