Post Surf Yoga Stretch
After you make your way in from the surf, enjoy a nice post surf yoga stretch on the sand. Throughout the surf session your muscles were working hard to paddle for waves and make it back out to the line up. This causes a build up of lactic acid (why your muscles get sore). One of the best ways to decrease muscle soreness is to stretch and release muscle tension. The post stretch postures are held for a longer amount of time (about 1-2 minutes), releasing deep muscle tension in the muscle facia and joints.
The first yoga stretch is Child’s Pose, which creates length in the back muscles, specifically the Latissimus Dorsi, relaxes the neck and shoulders and restores your energy. Keep reaching your arms forward and relaxing the tailbone towards the earth.
Next is a Seated Forward-Bend, stretching out your hamstrings as well as the entire back. Continue lengthening the spine from the very base, as well as creating length in the back of the neck. It can be a passive stretch which can alleviate fatigue.
To create a deep stretch in the hips, i recommend Pigeon Pose, which stretches the hip flexors. Allow your hips to melt into the sand. This posture is a great restorative posture to stay in for 1-2 minutes.
The final yoga stretch is Knees-to-Chest, this posture releasing any left tension in the entire back and neck. You can also rock side to side, which creates a nice gentle massage for the lower back and Kidneys.
By practicing a post yoga stretch after your surf session, this will aid in preventing soreness, knots and tightness in the body. Making the body later on in the day feel rejuvenated,preparing yourself for your next surf session. Feeling energized, strong and flexible to tuck into the barrels and make your way back into the lineup are all great reasons to take a little time after your surf session and practice a post surf yoga stretch.
Child’s Pose: Begin on your hands and knees . Sink back into your hips and extend your arms. Relax your head and neck. Option: Hands along side of body or knees wide apart.
Seated Forward Bend: Inhale and raise your arms over head, hinge at the hips, placing your hand were ever they fall, to the shins or rap them around your feet. Feel the chin melting to your heart.
Pigeon Pose: Starting in Down Dog, bring one foot forward and bring your shin to the sand. Keeping the knee pointing forward and the heal close to your body. Hinge at the hips and bring your forehead to the sand with arms extended.
Knees-To-Chest: Lying on your back, hung your knee’s to your chest and rap your arms just below the knee’s. Allow your entire spine and back of the head to completely rest into the sand.
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