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4 – Da Pose: Eagle pose

Why? - This stretches the back body – Romboids and Trapezius muscles, which hold the shoulder blades in place during paddling.
How: - 1 – Wrap the arms around each other by bringing the right arm under the left. Ideally the palms will touch.

2 – Optimally, the elbows, the nose and the palms will be in the same line

3 – Lift the hands up and away from you, so you feel a widening in the shoulder blades. This should feel sweet since they normally contract during paddling.

Breathe into the opening for 45 seconds and repeat on the next side.


5 – Da Pose: Deltoid/Rotator Cuff stretch – arm adduction

Why? streches shoulders and deltoids

How - 1 - Bring the left arm across the body and reach the left arm to the right.

2 – Bend the right arm and press the inner right arm (elbow crease) into the left elbow.

3 – Reach the right arm towards the right ear

4 – Straighten through the left arm and slightly press it against the right arm.

5 – Make the arm as long as possible by subtly moving it in two directions – as you reach the left hand right, move the left shoulder left.

Breathe into this juicy one for 45 sends and repeat on the next side.

6 – Gomukasana

Gomukasana level 2
Gomukasana level 1 (modified)

Why? - Stretches deltoids, triceps and chest.

How - 1 – Draw the left hand behind the back towards the shoulder blade. Palm faces out.

2 – Reach the right hand skyward and turn the palm towards you.

3 – Bend the right arm and clasp hands. Clasping hands may not happen if you have logged up a lot of paddling hours in your life, so if you need to, hold a towel with your right hand, dangle it towards the left hand and then clasp. Don’t worry, your body will open more in time.

4 – Lift (press) the right elbow up and again take any excess arching out of the lower back by bring the lower front ribs towards the upper front pelvis.


7 – Da Pose: Forward Bend.



Keep the back straight and flex at the hip joints. Using straight arms and pressing the hands down can increase the ease of the pelvis tilting forward. I worked like this for years and years before holding my feet

Rounding the back may make you feel like you are going further into the pose because your head is closer to your feet. However this creates a lot of pressure on the disks and vertebrae of the lower back.

It doesn't allow you to effectively lengthen the hamstrings, calf muscles or lower back.

Why? - Because we are constantly shorting the back body the lift the chest as we paddle (extension), we can tend to lose our forward bending ability (‘flex’-ability).

How? 1 - Start in seated with the knees slightly bent.

2 – Keep the back straight.

3 – Start to straighten the legs while subtly pressing the heels down gathering the
inner thighs in.

4 – Feel the crown of the head lifting away from the bottom of the pelvis so that
the back stays straight (as per photos above)

5 – Breathe and be patient while the hammies open up.

EOIN FINN (yogi, blissologist,
ocean worhipper) teaches yoga in Vancouver most days and in Tofino on Wednesday Nights.

He will be teaching a Yoga for Surfing Workshop in Tofino BC Fri Aug 27th.

Also, If you are into to fun and positive vibrations, check out one of the YES - Yoga, Ecology and Surf retreats.

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power or ashtanga yoga develops so much more than flexibility - you will become stronger and more focused