to being able to surf with as much looseness and freedom as a super-stoked
grommet is simple its called YOGA... A surfers best friend...
I know, I know
if you are a surfer, there may be a voice way back
in the back of your brain that says, "Im just too tight
to do that yoga stuff."
What a shame. If you hear some kind of rendition of those words in your
internal dialogue then do yourself a favour and silence it. You're missing
out on the most intelligent activity that any surfer can do. Surfing without
doing yoga is like being trapped in a 5 mm wetsuit. Surfing after you
have yoga in your life is like ripping in tropical water in just your
boardshorts. No crust. No thick restictive layer holding you back. Man,
you will be bionic. Loose. Powerful. Free. Capable of the snappiest turns.
Possessing the focus of a Samuri warrior in the most extreme conditions.
One of the main places that we can loose our flexibility quickly is in
the shoulders. Doing the following 10 minutes of shoulder openers will
not only increase your paddling power, but also extend the lease on your
body. Remember its just ten minutes. Enjoy.
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FINN (yogi, blissologist, ocean worhipper) teaches yoga Vancouver
most days and in Tofino on Wednesday Nights
He will be teaching a Yoga for Surfing Workshop in Tofino BC Fri Aug 27th.
If you are into to fun and positive vibrations, check out one of the YES
- Yoga, Ecology and Surf retreats.
1 Hold onto on to a pole with your left arm (the side of
your car, a tree, a wall, etc. all work equally well.)
2 Now lean your weight away from the pole.
3 Be specific with your alignment. To really isolate the pecs and
biceps, move the left side of the body forward and the right side of the
body back, so your shoulders stay square.
4 - Also, try and stand as upright as possible with the pelvis in neutral
(not tilted forward or back too much)
Hold one minute and repeat on the next side.
Da Pose: Two arm front body stretch stretch:
Why? - Streches both the pectoral, deltoids
and biceps on both sides simultaneously.
How: 1 Hold a towel, or a strap, or
a t-shirt with both arms. Choose a width that is comfortable for you.
2 Slowly draw the towel over your head, so the arms are behind
3 The body will want to find the path of least resistance by tilting
the rib cage backwards. This is because the pecs attach to the ribs. Shorten
(contract) the abdominal muscles that attach from the pelvis to the rib
cage to bring your front ribs down in the direction of your pelvis. In
other words, dont arch your back.
Breathe deeply for one minute.
Da Pose: Half Moon side body stretch.
Why? - This
stretches the side of the body especially the oblique muscles (which help
you twist in surfing), the lats and seratus anterior muscles (which help
generate the pulling power when you paddle)
How: 1 Press both feet down the ground,
spread through the toes to really root the feet.
2- Let the right hand hold the left wrist.
3 On an inhalation, reach upwards first through the hands in order
to get the body and spine as long as possible.
4 Exhale, reach the arms to the right as you press the hips left
. Look up and under the left biceps muscle
5 Dont "shrug" your shoulders. As you reach through
the arms, draw the shoulder blades down the back so you do not create
tension in the traps.
6 - Stay aligned. The right shoulder rolls under, the left shoulder rolls
back. The Right side of the pelvis presses forward and the arms reach
behind you slightly.
Relax and breathe for one minute and repeat on the next side.
The next three stretches can be done in standing, seated or in a kneeling
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