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Yoga, Surf and Sex

Okay, truthfully this doesnt really have anything to do with #sex but it got you to open the blog, right.

Its no secret that #yoga and #surf go hand and hand. Y#oga builds strength, flexibility and balance which are all needed when you are in the water. Core strength, stamina, mental focus and breathing techniques are all improved when #practicingyoga. How many of us either breath short shallow breaths when paddling or don't breath at all? Did you know chanting helps to improve lung strength and capacity which not only help with respitory difficulties and can improve duck diving. On a more spirtual level the rhythm of the ocean is similiar to the rhythm of the body.

Going back to the breath, #surfers can benefit from learning to breathe through their noses and filling their entire lungs. This can alleviating stress or fear that can arise and allow the surfer to be calm and cool.

Yoga not only helps to strength your #surfing it also has similiar effects to a #massage. While you are #surfing you musles are constanely contracting, #yoga allows the muscles to length and while in the final resting pose savasana the fascia or connecting tissue begins to harden in a anotomic position which helps to heal injury and correct alignment.

Basically #yoga helps to improve your #surfing and helps to prevent injuries.

Here are 5 poses especially aimed at surfers:

Downward Facing or Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana Lengthens the hamstrings and calves and stretches the shoulders, hands and arches of the feet Strengthens your arms, upper body and legs Energises the body Relieves back pain and fatigue Calms the brain and nervous system.

yoga class down word dog in yoga class

Cat and Cow or Bitilasana Improves posture and balance Strengthens and stretches the spine and neck Stretches the hips, abdomen and back Increases coordination Massages and stimulates organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands Creates emotional balance Relieves stress and calms the mind.

cat in yoga class, ecuador
cow in yoga lesson, ecuador

One Legged King of Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Stretches the hip flexors, quadriceps, and lower back Opens the shoulders and chest Rejuvenates the spine Brings fresh blood to the pelvic region Brings fresh blood to the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.

pigeon in Otra Olas yoga studio, ecuador

Eagle Pose or Garudasana Strengthen arms, legs, knees and ankles Opens the shoulder joint and creates space between the shoulder blades Opens hips, and IT band Increases circulation to all joints Improves digestion and elimination Improves balance Improves focus.

Boat Pose or Navasana Tones and strengthens your abdominal muscles Improves balance and digestion Stretches your hamstrings Strengthens your spine and hip flexors Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines Aids in stress relief Improves confidence.

beautiful boat pose in yoga practice, ecuador

These are just a couple of suggestions, of coarse the more poses you practice the better.

We look forward to #practicing #yoga with you all right here at #OtraOla's, #Surf, #Spanish & #YogaSchool.

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