As many of you already know, the YogaFit method is all about safety and integration. Whether you’re preparing for a strenuous one-on-one with your yoga instructor or simply prepping to hit the slopes for a holiday away, YogaFit can help you keep your downtime healthy and stress free.
Specific postures can strengthen the legs for skiing, open the hips for skating, and improve balance and alignment for snowboarding and snowshoe. If you’re a regular outdoor exerciser in the coldest months of the year, then you already know that your muscles and body grow tighter in cooler climates, and your joint connections grow stiffer in the cold, especially as you get older. Most fitness experts do recommend that you not only warm up prior to starting your sport but also finish off your activity with a few minutes of sports-specific stretching. The brief posture series below targets overused and overworked muscles involved in cold-weather sports, especially activities where your body is folded in forward flexion. These poses relieve stress and tension in the lower back, hips, hamstrings and hip flexors, and each series is sports specific in that they’ll help boost athletic performance and prevent cold-weather injuries. Building lower-body strength and muscular endurance is key for traditional skiers and shredders. In addition to these traits, it’s helpful to zero in on core strength to boost involvement in your sport, and also important to release the stress in your quads.
Feel free to use these postures either before your sport, during the week to cross-train for your sport, or even afterwards, to utilize as a stretching aid. Try to hold each posture for 5 to 10 deep breaths.
Seated Straddle Splits