my favourite things – yoga for surfing

We are heading up to Tofino to celebrate the long weekend (and my 29th birthday!), so I thought I’d share some of my favourite things about surfing…

Since moving to Vancouver Island, we’ve been giving surfing a try.

Our first surfing experience was in Lagos, Portugal during one of our European adventures when Darc was living in Germany.

Lagos, Portugal (April, 2008)

After that, we made the 10-HOUR trek from Kelowna to Tofino for a weekend surf trip.

Keeping warm in Tofino, BC (November, 2010)

Me and my softop in Tofino, BC (November, 2010)

Now that we are living on the island , we’ve been gearing up and catching some waves (errr, well whitewash for me anyways).

wetsuits and a salty-bulldog in SUNNY (!!) Tofino (Aug 2012)

Now, the North Pacific is COLD andWET (hello! rainforest!), but, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! If you’re going to get wet anyways, you might as well do it in a 6mm wetsuit with a hood, gloves and booties!

YOGA is another great way to get ready for a surf weekend. Here are some of my favourite surfing-related yoga poses…

  1. Garudasana (Eagle Pose). To stretch out your upper back and shoulders for a big day of paddling!
  2. Chaturanga (Four-limb Staff Pose). For everything! Your pop-ups will improve like nobody’s business!
  3. Shalabhasana (Locust Pose). To strengthen back, abdominals, and to help look up while paddling out!
  4. Malasana (Garland Pose). To open hip flexors and lower back for long sessions of sitting on your board waiting for the perfect waves!

*You can sequence these together, for example: 1) start with eagle on each side, holding for 5-6 breaths. 2) step out and fold forward, (bend your knees to keep your back long!). 3) ground the palms of your hand on either side of your feet and step/jump back into high plank pose (knees down is great for building core and upper body strength!). 4) slowly lower to staff pose – hover (don’t collapse!) about 1inch off the floor. hold for 5-6 breaths. 5) lower to the ground. 6) placing chin on the mat and arms along the side of your body, lift legs into locust (one at at time is great for building strength!). 6) push through hands and knees and come up to standing. place feet mat-width apart (place heels on a rolled up towel if necessary!) and drop down in garland. hold for 5-6 breaths.

So get out there and stretch out before you wax up! much love.

P.S. like surfing? check out what I’ve been up to, and island living

4 thoughts on “my favourite things – yoga for surfing

    • Portugal is an amazing country! It would be a great addition to your bucket list 😉 … surfing definitely requires patience, a strong core is only one component (albeit, an important one)! it’s challenging, but fun!

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