There is no denying that skiing is an intense workout. Proper form in downhill skiing requires strength, agility, power, flexibility, and endurance. For being such a high adrenaline sport, it may surprise some that the slow, meditative practice of yoga can serve to benefit anybody trying to fly down the mountain or power through the windy forests. Next time you are feeling sore after a day on the hill, try incorporating some of these yoga poses into your routine to recover faster and strengthen your body.
Chair Pose is used to strengthen the arms and legs while focusing on breath. Similar to a downhill skiing position, Chair Pose forces you to place your arms overhead. Perform the pose by standing up straight with your feet together. Inhale, raise your arms overhead, and exhale the hips back. Engage your core and hold for up to 60 seconds.
Triangle builds strong legs and mobility in the hips, inner thighs and chest. It enhances flexibility and strength, which is beneficial for skiing. Stand with feet three to four feet apart and turn your right toes forward. Keep your left foot parallel or with the heel slightly kicked out. Inhale and raise your arms to shoulder height then exhale your arms to reach toward your right shin or the floor. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds before switching sides.
Dolphin is a position that stabilizes and strengthens the shoulder blade and arms while lengthening the back. This is beneficial for when the skier places their poles into the ground and incorporates movement patterns necessary for stability and stamina. Start on all fours and place your forearms on the ground. Lock your fingers together and curl your toes onto the mat. Slowly lift your hips and relax your heels toward the ground. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.