Yoga for skiers

ski yoga

Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, ice skater or maybe even just a snow bunny, Starre Vartan found some great tips on how to protect your body from injury and recover with yoga after hitting the slopes.

Skiing places unique demands on the body.  If you’re a once-in-a-while warrior, you really want to be smart about warming up the body and taking it slow at first.  Even if you’re a regular Sean Pettit, yoga strengthening and stretching can help protect these key muscle groups:

  • Core muscles – transverse abdominus, multifidus and obliques are your steering committee. They keep you on your skis while you’re twisting and turning down the slopes.
  • Feet & Ankles – They take the pressure, are responsible for navigating the skis themselves, and start your rotational movements.
  • Glutes – If you’ve ever skied you’ve felt these muscles after a day in powder.  These are your foundational muscles that act as stabilizers and assist in flexion and extension.
  • Knees  – These are your shock absorbers. They also do tons of flexing and extending, so it’s crucial to build strong yet supple muscles surrounding this large joint.

Check out Starre’s full article on MNN which includes an amazing video from  Sarah Kline with Olympic ski racer Resi Stiegler and professional snowboarder Rob Kingwill.

Before you hit the slopes, hit the mat.


– Your Charmed Yogi

(Photo: The Bunny Slope)

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The yoga of Yoda, we all have

yoda meditating

“Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wans apprentice.” ~Yoda

Call it Brahma, Atman, Allah, God, enlightenment, Tao, Shakti, Nirvana or consciousness, the nature of ultimate reality is evident in religious philosophies around the world. The Force is within all of us, so why do we fight and give into the dark side when peace and love are at the heart of all spirituality? Could it be the ultimate LACK of faith or are we just hard wired for conflict?

Let’s step back, and look at it scientifically.  “It is a bit of an irony that the same evolved mechanisms that enhance ingroup compassion and sacrifice also contribute greatly to intergroup conflict,” says Steve Neuberg, an evolutionary psychologist. In other words the very traits that make us social yet uniquely individual beings, create an us vs. them mentality as a way to protect our resources.

There appears to be a (slow) global shift in spirituality.  Some studies say we’re becoming ‘less religious‘ while there are indications that we are amidst a vast spiritual awakening.

“Religion comes from the Latin word, legare, meaning “to connect.” And the prefix, re, means again. Inspiration comes from the Latin, inspirare, with an original meaning to “breathe in spirit.”

I happen to lean towards the latter.  I think that while we’re gravitating away from organized religion in some respects, we’re moving toward a more unified spiritual consciousness. Perhaps we’re all looking for religious inspiration, seeking the Ultimate Reality, consciousness, God to bring meaning to our lives and the devastation and conflict that exists in the world.

What do you think?  Are we we Jedis or Siths that have fallen to the dark side? Meditate on this, I will.

May the force be with you.

– Your Charmed Yogi

Bonus: The Wisdom of Yoda Poster (courtesy of Deviant Art)

wisdom of yoda

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