Did you know that surfing and yoga are two practices that can be complementary? Yoga improves your focus and breathing. It is an activity that has benefits on the practice of surfing. Discover why surfing and yoga are the perfect marriage for your well-being !
What are the virtues of Yoga for the surfer ?
Yoga is known to give a better awareness of one’s body in movement and perception. This naturally echoes surfing, where the notion of balance is fundamental. On the wave, it is important to be in control of one’s body, especially to prevent injuries.
The practice of yoga includes exercises particularly adapted to surfing, which aim to improve muscle strengthening, meditation, but also and especially breathing. These practices have a positive impact on stress management and on the delicate situations that can arise when surfing. Surfing and yoga are also complementary in terms of recovery after a session in the waves: yoga is recommended to stretch some muscle areas (cervical, dorsal, etc.).
Optimizing a surf session
Thanks to yoga, the surfer’s body is better adapted to the practice of this demanding water sport: more mobility, flexibility and reactivity, here are some of the benefits observed. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice from a yoga professional to determine the right postures to adopt before and after each surfing session. In all cases, prefer short and regular exercises, rather than long sessions that are too spaced out in time.
Surfing and yoga : beware of contraindications
Ask yourself: have you suffered injuries in the past? If the answer is yes, find out what they are and whether they make it impossible to practice surf or yoga. For example, you may want to ask a sports doctor to help you make a decision.