Yoga is a great way to combat the inevitable, much-dreaded soreness that comes after a long day on the mountain. It helps your muscles recover, strengthens your entire body, increases flexibility and mobility, and improves balance. Here are five basic yoga poses to try post-piste:
Cat-Cow is a gentle flow between two common yoga postures - cat and cow - stretching the hips, back, abdomen and chest.
Come to the floor on your hands and knees in a tabletop position. Align your wrists underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips.
On an inhale, lift your tailbone, press your chest forward, and let your belly sink.
Relax your shoulders away from your ears and gently lift your head, gazing upwards.
As you exhale, tuck your tailbone, drop your head and gaze towards your navel.
Repeat these movements for about one minute.
2. Runner’s Lunge
Runner’s lunge is an excellent posture for those experiencing tight hips and legs (AKA every skier and snowboarder ever).
Step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning the right knee over the heel. Lower your left knee to the floor until you feel a nice and comfortable stretch.
Place both hands on your right knee and press down for a deeper stretch. Repeat on the left side.
3. Forward Fold
Forward fold is great for relieving tension in the back and hamstrings.
Start by standing straight with your feet together. Take a deep breath in and fold your torso over your legs on an exhale. Bend your knees as much as you need to so that your hands can touch the floor.
4. Easy Twist
Sit up nice and straight on the floor and stretch both legs out in front of you. Then, bend your left foot and raise it next to your right leg. Drop your left hand behind your back. On an inhale, stretch your right arm up, slightly twisting your upper body towards the left wall, and place your right elbow outside your left leg. Take at least five deep breaths.
5. Child’s Pose
Let your whole body unwind in this simple yoga pose.
Start in a tabletop position and begin to walk your palms forward. Bring your two big toes to touch and spread your knees as wide as your mat. Allow your belly to rest between your thighs and your head to rest on the floor.