When did you first start practising yoga?
I started yoga a couple of years ago, my sister introduced me but I didn’t really connect with it that well. I started classes and then moved on to my own practice where I found I could be more creative and more energetic with my yoga. Then I really started to practice every day.
How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga has changed everything about my life, it’s changed my mindset, my body and the way I live everyday. It has taught me so much; to embrace life at it’s fullest, to go with the flow and to trust in the world. I don’t worry or stress as much. I am a much happier person (if that was possible) and yoga has taken me on a path that feels completely right. It’s also made me stronger and healthier but that’s just a bonus.
Do you surf and do you recommend yoga to help surfers progress? if so, why?
I do surf a little, I love being in the sea. And YES yoga is probably the best thing for surfing, or for any sport at all. You learn all about the muscles your using, the ones your not, your weak areas, your strong areas and you become so much more flexible meaning a better range of movement for whatever sport.
In surfing, opening the shoulders and hips can improve movement when in the water. And you need all the movement you can get. It also engages your core, meaning faster pop ups and generally stronger movements all round. A lot of yoga poses also use the exact same muscles we use in surfing, so it’s perfect to strengthen the right areas. Oh and your balance improves crazy amounts!
Which yoga poses do you recommend for surfers?
All of them! But if I was to specify, any hip openers so lizard pose, pigeon pose and lotus. Eagle pose is great for balance and the shoulders. Downward dog is the pose of all poses.
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