5 Yoga poses that are a must for winter athletes

Most of us love heading to the snowcapped mountains for our vacations and spend our time trying out various snow activities like Skiing, Snowboarding, etc. But without proper preparation, snow activities can be difficult to handle and can leave you drained of energy in just a few minutes. So how do you make sure that for the next vacation, you are all fit to take on your favorite activities without dreading the after effects?

Just practice these 5 yoga steps before your vacation or on a regular basis and see the results for yourself.

Sidebending Mountain Pose

This pose helps in toning your abdominal muscles which are prone to become tight due to lack of exercise making them lose their flexibility to make sudden turns and twists which are a part and parcel of most of the winter activities.

How to Perform: Stand straight with your legs a little apart. Inhale and raise your hands above your head and clasp your wrist with your other hand. Now exhale and bent sidewise while facing forwards. Hold this position for some time and then switch sides.

Sidebending Mountain Pose

Cobra Pose

This is one of the best ways to stretch your abdominals and also a great way to open up your chest which helps in improving your posture.

How to perform: With your face downwards and your forearms on the ground making sure that your elbows are beneath your shoulders, place both your hands underneath your shoulder and pull up, taking your body away from the ground. Make sure you stretch your neck as high as possible. Hold this position for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. Come back to the ground while exhaling. Still confused? See video below.

Squats

This yoga asana helps you in building your thigh and knee muscles which are prone to most damage in an extremely chilly weather.

How to perform: Inhale and push your legs apart making sure your knees are facing in your toe’s direction and not inwards. Stretch your hand in front of you or above your head. Hold this position for some time and then exhale and go back to your original position.

Squats

Reclining Big Toe Pose

As we know that our hamstrings tend to tighten up frequently and this could limit your freedom of movement which might lead to lower back pains and knee injuries, this pose helps in loosening of your hamstrings so you don’t end up in pain after a performing a winter sport.

How to Perform: Lie back down on the floor with your both legs straight so that your toes are pointing upwards. Raise one leg up and hold on to the back of your thigh or hold the raised leg’s toe. Make sure you relax and not keep it straight if your legs start shaking. Ease it a little and you may even bend your knees a little for the initial sessions. Hold this position for 1-3 minutes.

Reclining Big Toe Pose

Downward Facing Dog

This pose helps in strengthening your wrists, arms, and shoulders. Letting your ankles drop towards the floor also helps in stretching your calves and hamstrings.

How to perform: Get on the floor on all fours while stretching your arms and relaxing your upper back between the shoulder blades. Keeping your knees bent, exhale and raise your knees and hips up so that you form a straight line with your back and arms. Let your head hang down and relax your neck. Take deep breaths and hold this position for 5 long breaths. Then slowly exhale and ease yourself back to your original position.

Here’s how it’s done

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