For some of us adrenaline devotees, the thought of 90 minutes of yoga might leave us in a cold sweat. Sitting in still mediation is an ordeal not an escape. An hour of silent yoga is an hour of missed shred time.
But we are here to tell you why you need to start loving yoga, and more importantly how it can improve your riding.
Be a yoga goddess and a die hard mountain lover by finding your Zen and mountain stoke, all at the same time...
By focusing on key poses, you can strengthen the most important muscles to keep your riding and your body in mint condition.
Whether you are a complete noob or are already on your way yogic enlightenment, we've got five yoga poses (or asanas) that will stretch out those muscles after a particularly heavy shredding session.
Keep up the practice and you'll see the benefits in the next time you hit the mountains.
The clue is in the name, it wouldn’t be called a Mountain Pose (or ‘Tadasana’) if it didn’t make you grounded, balanced and calm like the almighty backcountry badass you are.
The first place to start your journey is by standing with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Feel your weight evenly across your feet and press your big toes together.
Focus on tucking your tail bone under and stand up tall, engaging your core to protect you lower back. Close your eyes, and inhale and exhale slowly.
If you want to further the pose, raise your arms into the air like so.
It’s as simple as that. Remember this feeling. It will give your core strength during your next powder session.
We’ve all seen the unshakable five year olds, tearing down the mountain, pulling sweeter moves than us. But don’t hate, appreciate.
This pose harnesses your inner child’s innocent, unwavering radness which is great for slopes. You’ll be tearing past the little tykes in no time.
Kneeling on the floor, with your knees hip distance apart, bend forward and lay your chest between your thighs whilst you arms rest alongside you, palms facing up. Alternatively, keep them pressed in front of you.
This pose will open up your hips and gently stretch the muscles, which will be working hard when you are riding.
This is also the time for you to envisage yourself on the mountain, soaring over kickers, rails, cliffs and powder runs. Who ever said this visualisation stuff wasn’t for the faint hearted?
The yogis really did have us in mind with this über wide stance.
Place feet hip distance apart, slowly lower yourself down, keeping you knees facing forwards. Lower until your calves come close to the back of the thighs keeping heels on the floor.
Make sure your spine is kept straight and upright. Sit here for a while, breathing with your muscles. You will find any discomfort disappears after a few seconds.
This is one of the most effective ways to tone and stretch the entire lower body. A supple body will mean you can react to whatever the mountain throws at you and will reduce stiffness the next day.
This is especially good for those of us who spend the majority of our year desk bound.
Once you find your mountain, you will quite naturally want to find your warrior.
Move from mountain pose to a wider stance, turn your right leg and foot out 90 degrees. Bring your left foot in about 45 degrees, turning your chest to the right and square off hips.
Raise your arms above your head and bring your palms together whilst lunging on your right leg.
Bring you gaze to your hands and feel the stretch throughout your whole body.
This pose will not only strengthen thighs and glutes but will give you the power and stability to smash mogul fields, off piste and the park.
The more you practice, the less tired your legs will get, giving you more hours on the slope.
Once you are clipped in your preferred mountain ride, your whole body will play a part in in every movement.
It is important to limber up with spinal twists whether you are backside, barrel rolling or beginner, the spine takes a lot during snowboarding whatever your level.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor hip distance apart. Extend your arms out, in line with your shoulders.
Slowly lower your bent legs to the right side, while turning your head to the left. Repeat this movement slowly on both sides, in time with your breathing.
The reclining twist is one of the most satisfying moves in yoga, releasing your back muscles and making you say ‘ahhhh’.
Just like you respect the mountains, yoga teaches you to respect your body, which helps you to get the most out of your body both physical and mentally.
Once you find your inner yogi, you might release the pro you never knew lay within.