Similar to skiing, yoga is an activity where there is so much focus on strength. Yoga and skiing require full concentration of both the body and mind. If someone does not regularly strength train the muscles or ski often, preparing the muscles to tolerate the long runs can be challenging. Especially when coming from lower elevation. Higher altitudes can create challenges with depleted oxygen flow through the body, which makes it more difficult to breathe calmly without getting a bit short of breath. Yoga can be extremely beneficial leading up to a ski trip. Better yet, try yoga on a ski trip!
Yoga can also be beneficial before, during or after a day on the slopes. Below are five poses to keep in mind to practice at any point in the day.
Keep it simple and slow with long holds while moving with the breath.
High lunges strengthen the legs, while low lunges to open up the hips and the quads.
Suggested to hold for at least 30 seconds or more to warm up the legs, hips, and shoulders.
Suggested to try with long holds, and add on a twist to the left and right with your palms together in front of your chest.
Cow Face Pose:
This pose is claimed as one of the best poses you can do for opening tight shoulders and hips.
Yoga is a great way to alleviate wear and tear on your body. Give it a try as all levels are welcome at most studios. Below are a few studio options in Aspen should you want to balance skiing with the benefits of yoga. Namaste your way into vacation this winter.