Practicing yoga after snowboarding

No need  to participate to a snowboarding and yoga retreat. Read this article and you will be able to feel the benefits of yoga poses that we selected on purpose to stretch and release the body after a snowboard day.

Practicing yoga after snowboarding

Doing yoga after sports and specifically after snowboarding,is very important. 
Yoga enables to stretch the parts of the body that are stressed during the rinding session, to prevent the appearance of muscle soreness and to speed up the recovery process.

We will propose to you some yoga positions that will help you to release your legs muscles (quads and glutes specifically) and the all back region of your body. These are parts of your body that are strongly stimulated while snowboarding. It is very important to stretch them and release tensions in their joints if you want to progress in your riding and have good performances and results. 

Yoga is also good for those that are beginners and not trained to use specific muscles that are needed in snowboarding.  If you  are an occasional rider and you want to enjoy the all holiday on the snow  be sure to do the following yoga poses every evening, by doing so you will be able to enjoy all days you have at dispositions until the last one.

NECK ROLLS AND NECK STRETCHES 

When snowboarding you store a lot of tension in your neck. This is due to the necessity of always facing the direction in which you are going (while doing turns or even tricks) and it is also due to the lateral position that we have on the snowboard. 

After your snowboard session it is very important to start by relaxing the neck. You can do your neck rolls and at the same time focus on your breath to find the right concentration and relaxation.

Practicing yoga after snowboarding
Practicing yoga after snowboarding

SEATED SPINAL TWISTS (Matsyendrasana)

Especially if you are starting to land your first jumps, not forcly on a snowpark but also by simply upping your ollies, your spine will be exposed to strong compression. This yoga position is always good to decompress and energize the spin. You will also stretch the shoulders, hips, glutes and neck.

HEAD-TO-KNEE FORWARD BEND (Janu Shirshasana) 

A good position to stretch the spine and the shoulders again. At the same time is very important for the hamstrings and groins that are parts of the body on which snowboarders tend to store a lot of pressure and tension. You will immediately feel a sense of release in the legs. 
For those of you that are less flexible, you do not need to reach your foot, the aim is to release your legs step by step and breath by breath. You can try to slowly reach forward and forward each time you exhale.

Practicing yoga after snowboarding
Practicing yoga after snowboarding

CHILD POSE (Balasana)

Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue. Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported.

DOWNWARD-FACING DOG (Adho mukha shvanasana)

This classical yoga position will help you to realign the body and restore symmetry.   You will stretch the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands. This position will enable you to stretch the back part of your legs, you will release your hamstrings and calves in each variation that you chose to do (with bended legs, with straight legs or walking the feet). You will also feel a stretched, stronger and longer backbone and spine. 

Practicing yoga after snowboarding
Practicing yoga after snowboarding

PIGEON POSE (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Not an easy yoga pose but for sure very beneficial. I suggest holding it for a large amount of time. You will be able to release and stretch thighs and glutes on which you squat all day long while riding. You will also be able to distend your abdominal muscles, your chest, shoulders and neck. A crucial positive effect of this pigeon yoga pose is the stimulation of the external hip rotators. Snowboarders always store a lot of tension in their hips due to the static position they use old.

THE FINAL POSITION : HAPPY BABY (ANANDA BALASANA)

A relaxing position that will make you finsh the yoga and stretching session on the right way. You will release hips, lower back and inner thighs.
This position will really give you a relaxing mood involving the all body and mind. A perfect position to help relieving fatigue. 

Practicing yoga after snowboarding

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