Improve your surfing with yoga classes

Published February 19, 2017 in Surfing and Yoga - 0 Comments

Having a perfect control over your body and mind and consequentially over all kinds of waves you are riding is the underlying basic idea of surfing. The adrenalin rush is always present out there in the ocean, but once you master the skill enough to be on the top of the waves (in every sense of that phrase), there comes that blissful feeling of absolute freedom, power, excitement, and harmony with the ocean at the same time. Achieving this effortless balance at the waves and a perfect merging with the ocean is the major goal of every surfer. At the same time, every experienced surfer is usually proud of the balance, flexibility and the control they have over their body and postures. When you place them on a yoga mat and ask to close their eyes and hold the steady balance for few minutes it is the point when they ask – Where’s the catch with yoga and how can it help me boost my surfing?

Elements of surfing found in yoga

The most important aspect of surfing you can improve in yoga classes is a balance. However steady you think you are out there on the surfing board, improving your balance with yoga poses and postures will reveal unexpected flexibility in more poses on the waves. Paddling requires the flexibility of the neck and spine, as well as strength in the shoulders. All of these can be improved with several common yoga exercises. A Strong center of your body and various poses designed to strengthen your body core will improve you popping up on the board. It will become more quick, easy and you’ll be able to do it in more difficult positions. Finally, all highly meditating yoga poses will help you concentrate, improve the control and visualize waves and a beach while coordinating body moves.

Down dog position

This common pose will help you stretch, empower your upper body and balance. Starting position is on hands and knees with lifted hips and lifted one leg at the time simultaneously lifting opposite arm. Keep the position synchronized with breathing for few minutes.

Plank position

Strong abdomen and back muscles are essential for pop-ups and balance on the board, so use forearm plank pose to improve it.

Can children do yoga?

Published February 2, 2017 in Yoga for children - 0 Comments

Although yoga is usually considered to be an activity for stressed adults striving to pacify their inner world in the middle of their chaotic everyday routine. However, yoga can be rather useful for children as well, especially for school kids who spend a lot of time bent over the books. Bringing mental, physical and emotional state in harmony and a healthy balance is also an aspect of yoga kids could benefit too. So, here are some common yoga poses, postures, and exercises that are child-friendly. It takes less than 15 minutes a day to practice them regularly and feel the effect quite soon.

Updog pose for boosting energy and will

This posture includes kids lying on their bellies. In the next step, place arms next to shoulders and straighten arms. After balancing the body, open the chest, look up and stay in that position for several minutes. The pose releases tension in the back and neck and stretching helps circulation.

Bridge pose for an open mind

It is one of the poses kids just love to try. It’s fun to them, exciting, dynamic and rather useful. Starting position is on the back with knees bent and arms alongside the body. Coordinating breathing with muscle contraction, lift the body into the bridge. Aside from stretching of the back, strengthening arms and legs, this pose is known as heart opener. Physically and emotionally.

Bow pose for tolerance and flexibility

Another pose that starts with laying on a tummy. Simultaneously bending knees and lifting chest backward. The kid should be able to grab his toes and hold it like that for a while. The posture promotes flexibility, referring to back and neck flexibility, as well as to tolerance and emotional flexibility with oneself and others.

Camel Pose, Cat to Cow pose and several others, are also great yoga postures for the youngest. Engage them in these routines and teach them to take care of their health, a physical and mental state in a fun and easy manner.

 

 

Five tips for surfing beginners

Published January 14, 2017 in Beginners tips - 0 Comments

Once you master surfing skills enough to do it effortlessly and enjoy it with a relaxed mind, it will become one of the greatest adventures and ways to have fun you have ever experienced. All the risks, challenges and worrying will step aside for a great adrenalin rush, the thrill of the convenient waves and feeling of an absolute freedom once you catch the rhythm. Until then, you got a whole lot of practicing to do, but don’t let that one stop you. Here are just a few useful pieces of advice for all surfing beginners out there to provide you a comfortable entrance to the surfing world.

Safety above all

Considering all the risks and the inevitable dose of a danger surfing includes by default, this might sound awkward, but it’s not. There is some minimum safety measure you have to acquire before you challenge the waves. First of all, protect yourself from sunburns. If you’re planning to practice a lot, you’ll spend a great deal of time with half of your body exposed to the sun. Use powerful sun protection. Furthermore, keep your body in regular shape. If it happens to you to lose your surfing board relatively away from a beach, you have to be in top form enough to swim several miles back.

Pacific Islander surfer carrying surfboard on rocky beach

Go by the book

At least until you master the skill enough, learn the rules and stick to them. Don’t improvise. Let experienced experts teach you. There are many surfing schools and courses where you’ll get a chance to learn from experienced coaches and follow the matter step by step in an adequate order. Self-confidence is highly desired, but rushing and being bold will only get you into trouble. If you truly want to improve your skills by working it on your own, use various video guides or available books and courses.

Sand surfing isn’t stupid idea

Sand surfing is a safe and rather useful way to practice your posture, basic moves and pop-up on the board. Place your board somewhere out of the crowd and forget about people around you. Practice keeping your hips and feet parallel with the board, to keep your strong foot ahead, shoulder slightly bent forward and to get into this position right after popping up on the board.

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