Yoga And Sports Skiing

Yoga And Sports Skiing

Yoga and Sports: Skiing

It is​ ​ incredible what yoga does for skiing. People can ski all day long and much better.

Conditioning before hitting the​ slopes can increase the​ safety and enjoyment of ​ the​ sport. Most ski injuries occur early in​ ​ the​ day when muscles are tight and enthusiasm is​ ​ high,​ and late in​ ​ the​ day when muscles are weakened and technique is​ ​ poor.

A simple yoga exercise called the​ awkward pose,​ can increase your strength,​ balance and concentration which will make the​ ski season more rewarding.

It consists of ​ three variations which are done sequentially.

To begin,​ stand with the​ feet apart,​ about shoulder width,​ an even distance (approximately six inches) between your heels and toes. Extend the​ arms out in​ ​ front of ​ you parallel to​ ​ the​ floor with the​ shoulders pressed down and away from the​ head. Keep the​ upper body strong and firm in​ ​ this position.

Bend your knees and shift the​ weight back into the​ heels,​ pushing the​ buttocks out behind you. When the​ top of ​ the​ thighs are parallel to​ ​ the​ floor and arms,​ hold your pose. the​ feet should be held parallel and the​ knees should only be shoulder width apart.

One good way to​ ​ think of ​ getting into this pose is​ ​ to​ ​ imagine that you are sitting in​ ​ an invisible chair leaning back to​ ​ bring the​ spine and shoulders against the​ back of ​ the​ chair. the​ arm muscles are contracted,​ the​ abdomen is​ ​ held tight and your breathing should be normal. Hold the​ pose for 20 seconds. Stand up.

The second part of ​ this series is​ ​ similar to​ ​ the​ first. Keep the​ upper body the​ same as before and stand straight up onto the​ balls of ​ the​ feet,​ standing as high as possible with the​ arches pressed forward. to​ ​ keep the​ ankles strong and straight,​ press down with each big toe. Now,​ bend the​ knees again keeping the​ spine straight and stop when the​ quadriceps are parallel to​ ​ the​ floor. Hold this pose for 20 seconds. Stand up. You will find this second pose a ​ bit more difficult.

Third,​ assume the​ same basic pose with upper body firm and strong. Again,​ slowly bend the​ knees and this time sit all the​ way down lightly onto the​ heels. Now press the​ knees together and hold the​ body still. the​ quadriceps are again level with the​ floor and the​ spine is​ ​ straight. Hold again for 20 seconds. Stand up out of ​ the​ pose slowly,​ bring the​ heels down and relax. Don't forget to​ ​ do a ​ second set of ​ all three poses.

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