Three yoga poses to boost your energy this winter

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 13, 2009 9:13 am

Everyone’s doing it, and we’re not just talking about twin tips and après-ski Hefeweizen. Olympic athletes and neophytes alike are taking to the mat to unwind, get loose and build balance with yoga. But the limbering moves don’t just boost your body, they can energize your mind, too. Here are three poses guaranteed to get you going on cold, grey mornings, so you can hit the slopes with gusto.

>>Boost Mojo Tree Pose (U.S. Ski Team athletes Jeremy Transue and Kevin Francis (former USST) strike the pose at left, at a camp one summer in Chile.)

Build core stability and abdominal strength-stuff you need to ski snowboard-all while honing your balance. Building a ‘strong foundation’ will help give you confidence, both in your body and in yourself.  

How: Stand on the mat and focus your eyes on a point in the distance. Bring your right foot up and place it against your left inner thigh. Press against your thigh with your foot to help create more stability. Next, slowly raise your arms straight overhead, and hold for a few deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.

>>Boost Energy Supported Bridge Pose

This ‘backbend’ pose stimulates the adrenal glands which helps release energy in your body. It’s also good to do if you’ve been desk-bound, to literally straighten you out.

How: Place a few folded towels or blankets on your mat, and sit on them, with your feet flat on the mat. Slowly lie back, so that your upper back rests on the mat, with your arms down by your sides. Be sure to keep your chin off your chest, so that your neck is in a neutral position. Take three to five deep breaths and then pull your knees to your chest to stretch your back. Release.

>>Boost Joy Happy Baby Pose

OK, we know you’ll be so happy once you’re strapped onto your skis or snowboard, but for an added jolt before heading to the mountain, try this pose. It releases your lower back and opens your hips-which feels good-and in yogi terms, this pose is known to open your heart, too.

How: Lie on your back and bring your knees to your belly. Grab a big toe in each hand, and allow your knees to fall open wider than your torso. Next, bring your knees up toward your armpits and allow your hips to release more deeply. Keep your ankles in line with your knees, so that your shins are perpendicular to the floor. Hold for several breaths and smile.


photo: USST