Yoga for Skiers & Snowboarders

November 24, 2021

If you ask a hot-yoga lover why on earth they like to practice in a 40+ degree (or 100 F for Americans) room, they’ll likely mention their muscles seem to loosen up quicker. Higher temperatures do in fact increase muscle and ligament flexibility, which can temporarily make deep stretches a bit more accessible. Especially in the winter, hot yoga can be a treat for both the body and the mind, as you escape the cold, work up a sweat, and sink deeper into your flexibility and range of motion.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum lie winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to get moving during the coldest months of the year. Just like hot yoga, time spent on the mountain can certainly get your heart rate up, however being out in the cold can cause your muscles to stiffen up. That can be a recipe for disaster if you take a tumble on the hill.

Compliment your skiing and snowboarding by practicing yoga. Whether you prefer hot yoga, vinyasa, yin or restorative, you can adapt your practice to prevent injuries and optimize your physical performance on the mountain.

Yoga Benefits for Winter Sports

Yoga for Skiers and Snowboarders | Mukha Yoga

If you ask a hot-yoga lover why on earth they like to practice in a 40+ degree (or 100 F for Americans) room, they’ll likely mention their muscles seem to loosen up quicker. Higher temperatures do in fact increase muscle and ligament flexibility, which can temporarily make deep stretches a bit more accessible. Especially in the winter, hot yoga can be a treat for both the body and the mind, as you escape the cold, work up a sweat, and sink deeper into your flexibility and range of motion.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum lie winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to get moving during the coldest months of the year. Just like hot yoga, time spent on the mountain can certainly get your heart rate up, however being out in the cold can cause your muscles to stiffen up. That can be a recipe for disaster if you take a tumble on the hill.

Winter Sports Yoga | Mukha Yoga

Compliment your skiing and snowboarding by practicing yoga. Whether you prefer hot yoga, vinyasa, yin or restorative, you can adapt your practice to prevent injuries and optimize your physical performance on the mountain.

Yoga Benefits for Winter Sports

Yoga is a wonderful complement to skiing and snowboarding. One of the primary concerns that many skiers and snowboarders have is injury prevention. Practicing yoga targets many of the key components that your body needs to avoid twists, fractures or breaks. Not only can yoga help to prevent skiing and snowboarding injuries, it can also improve your posture, balance and stamina while you’re cruising the blues or shredding double blacks.

  • Increased Core Strength- Both skiing and snowboarding require a lot of effort from the lower body, especially the quads. In order to manage this, it’s important to strengthen the surrounding major muscle groups including your core. Practicing yoga can improve your isometric core strength, helping to prevent imbalances and maintain great posture so you can ski and snowboard for longer with greater ease and comfort.
  • Better Balance- Injuring yourself on a mountain really comes down to one thing - falling. Whether you catch an edge or don’t quite land a jump, improving your balance can do wonders to turn that near-wipeout into a great save. Through practicing balancing postures, yoga can create a better overall sense of balance and stability in the body, on and off the mat.
  • Increased Flexibility- Skiing and snowboarding both require nearly continuous flexion of the hips and quadriceps, which over time can lead to tightness if not properly addressed. Yoga is a great way to stretch and release the hips, hamstrings and quads to prevent stiffness and immobility in these areas.

The essential yoga poses for skiing and snowboarding

  • Utkatasana / Chair Pose
  • Uttanasana / Standing Forward Fold
  • Anjaneyasana / Low Lunge
  • Vrksasana / Tree Pose
  • Supta Baddha Konasana / Reclining Butterfly Pose
Reclined Butterfly Pose | Mukha Yoga

The essential yoga poses for skiing and snowboarding

  • Utkatasana / Chair Pose
  • Uttanasana / Standing Forward Fold
  • Anjaneyasana / Low Lunge
  • Vrksasana / Tree Pose
  • Supta Baddha Konasana / Reclining Butterfly Pose
Reclined Butterfly Pose | Mukha Yoga

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By Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2021

Victoria Maybee l Mukha YogaBy Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2021



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