Yoga for Snowsports Vol 1 by Sue FullerYoga for Skiers and Snowboarders by Sue Fuller

Yoga is perfect for those who wish to get the most out of their time on the slopes and remain injury free.

Yoga is ideal for skiers and snowboarders.  Yoga improves flexibility, balance, agility, coordination, strength, focus and can also speed up recovery time.

As well as acting as a great preparation for skiers and snowboarders it is also important to continue your yoga practise whilst in resort throughout the season to really reap the benefits.

After a season of regular yoga, the benefits of yoga will be experienced and enjoyed in other areas of your life too.

Yoga could enhance your performance on the slopes by improving the following:-

Agility and Coordination

Yoga postures mobilise the body and require plenty of coordination.  By improving your agility and coordination you will enhance your technique and hopefully stay up right whilst enjoying injury free riding.

Balance

Yoga often conjures up an image of someone standing on one leg (usually in the tree posture).  Yoga will greatly improve balance.  It does this by helping you to discover your centre of balance and strengthening the muscles required for good balance.

A good sense of balance enables you to move freely, it will help prevent falls and injuries, clear and focus the mind and raise confidence levels.

Cardio Strength

Through performing yoga vinyasas or flowing yoga sequences, yoga can increase your cardio strength.  A vinyasa provides the perfect warm up for any sporting activity.  Try starting the day with one.

Increasing cardio strength will improve your endurance and stamina it will enable you to get the most out of your trip and lift pass by allowing you to ski all day and tackle those long and demanding runs without tiring.

Core Strength

When it comes to snowboarding and skiing a strong core is essential to help prevent injuries, enhance movement, increase power and provide stability. 

The core muscles respond well to slow controlled movements, making yoga the perfect form of exercise to strengthen them. 

Flexibility

Increased flexibility will help prevent injuries and muscular aches and pains during your valuable time on the slopes. 

Restricted movement will limit performance making it difficult to change direction quickly or adapt to different terrains.

Remember to perform a few held postures at the end of each day to help the muscles recover from your time on the slopes. 

Leg Strength

Yoga will strengthen all of the muscles equally, this helps to make sure that muscular imbalances that occur from different sporting activities are minimised keeping joints strong and healthy.  Balancing postures performed on one leg and warrior postures will strengthen the legs ready for the slopes.

Focus

Yoga improves mental focus and keeps the mind clear.  Yoga is practised mindfully.  Being mindful during yoga and completely aware of different sensations within the body encourages practitioners to be mindful when performing other activities. By developing mindfulness on your yoga mat you can extend this to your time on the slopes and enhance your ability to concentrate and remain focussed.

Improved focus helps you remain sharp to tackle challenges and reduces the risk of injuries.

Yoga for Snowsports Vol 2 by Sue FullerTo help enhance your performance on the slopes why not try Yoga 2 Hear Yoga for Snowsports Vol 1 if you are new to yoga or Yoga for Snowsports Vol 2 if you are familiar with basic yoga postures.

Sue Fuller is an experienced yoga teacher and the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  To find out more about Sue Fuller and Yoga 2 Hear please visit www.yoga2hear.co.uk or www.wellbeingworldonline.com.