Yoga for Kitesurfers
Kiteboarding, requires a high level of focus, alertness and synchronicity in your movements. To be really good in kite wave riding or freestyle, hours of training are required and yoga is a perfect complementary exercise through which you can develop flexibility, strength and balance. If you practice yoga your body and mind will definitely be well-prepared for kitesurfing.
Yoga has entered the world of kitesurfing some time ago and traditional yoga asanas (postures) have been adapted for kitesurfer’s training and fitness, to complete physical exercise and to avoid injuries.
The yoga routine should be done before your sessions to boost energy, stability, endurance, confidence, performance and focus. It will also help you recover from each sessions so it should be done also afterwards.
Here is a short video routine you can follow for starters. But there are tens of asanas that will improve your kiteboarding and make a perfect compliment to your training sessions.
Among famous kitesurfers who also practice yoga are
Melissa Gil, a marine biologist, environmentalist and professional kitesurfer who is passionate about the ocean, nature and water sports and
Kirsty Jones, a true waterwoman and pioneer in the kitesurfing world, winning multiple World, National and Master of the ocean titles, not to mention pushing the limits of long distance kitesurfing to a new level through her solo and unique kitesurf crossings.
There are several yoga postures and exercises you can try if you enjoyed the video:
Mountain Pose, it improves posture, strengthens thighs, can help relieve back pain.
The “Downward-Facing Dog”, is one of the most widely recognized and famous yoga poses. It’s a rejuvenating stretch and strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders. This is one of the poses in the traditional Sun Salutation.
The Utthita Parsvakonasana, or “Extended Side Angle Pose”, is a stretch along the top side of the body, from the back heel through the raised arm. It opens the hip joints, stretches the groins and releases the shoulders and neck.
The Utkatasana, or “Chair Pose” works the muscles of the arms and legs, but it also stimulates the diaphragm and heart.
The Virabhadrasana II, or “Warrior II Pose” increases stamina, while the “Dolphin Pose” is great to open shoulders and also strengthens the core, arms and legs. The Ustrasana, or “Camel Pose”, improves the flexibility of the neck and spine and relieves backache.
Finish your yoga session with Dhyana, or “Cross-Heart Kirtan Kriya Meditation”, a mantra meditation that practices mind control and encourages a renewed sense of peace and balance.
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