Written by Kendra Wilson,
The snow has started to fly! Some of us have already hit the slopes. But for the rest of us, we’ve got a few weeks until our favorite chairs start turning. Now is the time to start training for the upcoming epic snowskate season.
Yoga offers a lot of benefits including increased flexibility, balance, and strength. Here are some yoga postures to prepare you for the best snowskating season…of your life. My lovely, Yoga Instructor sister, Robin, prepared a snowskating Yoga sequence for us!
Click on the pictures for step by step instructions for the pose.
Mountain Pose, or Tadasana (for the yogi snowskaters out there), is a great pose for snowskating. It strengthens your knees and ankles and improves your posture and balance. Beginner tip: you can start with your feet 3-5 inches apart if you are having trouble balancing with your feet together. Expert tip: try this with your eyes closed to enhance your sense of balance even further!
I cannot even come close to doing this Big Toe Pose, or Padangusthasana, but I have to try! It engages and strengthens your kidneys and liver, so this pose is essential if you are going to try to keep up with other snowskaters this season. This pose also increases flexibility in your calves and hamstrings. More flexibility = fewer injuries! Beginner tip: use a strap to place under your feet and hold to feel the stretch without bending your knees or arching your back. Expert tip: If you are an expert at this pose…shut up.
Warrior II Pose, or Virabhadrasana II, is my favorite! It is a good balance pose. It stretches your legs and groin, and it strengthens and stretches your ankles. This pose also increases your stamina and supposedly your fertility. Just so you know. Beginner Tip: If I can do this, you can too!!!
Downward-Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana, is kind of essential for any Yoga sequence. It’s a great pose that relieves mild depression after a summer apart from your snowskate, and it stretches your hamstrings, calves, and arches. Beginner tip: you can put blocks under your hands if your shoulders are too tight. Expert tip: try lifting your leg parallel to your torso, that oughta show ya.
The Eagle Pose, or Garudasana, is an excellent balance pose. It also improves your concentration while strengthening and stretching your calves and ankles. Beginner Tip: if you are having trouble balancing, just cross your legs and use the big toe of your other foot to help balance you. Expert tip: from the pose, point the tips of your thumbs toward your nose. It’s difficult, really.
Thanks so much Robin for providing all the Yoga poses that you did! I couldn’t fit all of them into a blog, but if you have questions or you want to connect with Robin for Yoga classes in the Sacramento area, click here!