Stretching after shredding – snowboard yoga

We all know what it feels like to be woken up by our alarms after a wonderful day on the mountain only to realize that we might’ve overdone it the previous day. Having a sore body could potentially ruin another day of shredding, and although it was probably worth it, we could just as well try to make sure this doesn’t happen with these great stretches.

I think exercise goes hand in hand with stretching to prevent muscle-aches. So I don’t want to sound like a hippie but in my opinion yoga helps not just with stretching but is good for overall taking care of your body, flexibility and posture too.

Here are 6 yoga asana’s for after a day on the mountain!

Disclaimer: I am no yogi nor very fit/flexible at the moment so please forgive my far from perfect poses. It’s the stretching that counts πŸ™‚

Utkata Konasana
aka Goddess Pose

Take a wide stance with your heels in slightly and toes out-ward. Bend your knees and ‘sit down’ so your thighs are parallel to the ground. Press your thighs back while pressing the pubic bone forward and bring hands together in prayer.

For toning the feet and legs, coordinating balance, and building upper-back strength

Vrksasana
aka Tree Pose

Stand with your feet aligned with your outer hips and your spine straight. Shift all your weight onto one foot and slowly lift your other foot to bend your knee. Rotate your hip so that your knee is pointing out and place the sole of your foot on the upper thigh of your other leg. Press your palms together in prayer position in front of your chest, lengthen your spine and bring up your hands above your head while looking at them. (try not to topple over πŸ˜‰ )

Improve balance and mental focus while strengthening your legs and core.

Prasarita Padottanasana
aka Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold

Step your feet wide apart with your toes slightly out and your heels slightly in. Fold forward at the hips, bring one hand to the floor between your feet, directly under your chest while the other hand reaches toward the ceiling. Your arms should be vertical, your hips stay as level as possible and you look up at your thumb.

Stretches hamstrings, calves, hips, lower back and spine while and strengthening upper back and shoulders.

Ustrasana
aka Camel Pose

Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Place your hands on your hips, with your thumbs pointing inwards. Draw your elbows toward each other, allowing your rib cage to expand. Now move your hands onto your feet and lift your shoulders.

Strengthens your back, opens your shoulders, 
chest, and thighs.

Adho Mukha Svanasana
aka Downward-Facing Dog

Start with your hands and knees on the ground, hands slightly in front of your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Plant your toes down and raise your knees off the ground, then lift your hips toward the ceiling, so your body looks like an upside-down V-shape.

Lengthens your spine and stretches calves, hamstrings and back muscles

Supta Baddha Konasana
aka Reclining Bound Angle Pose

Sit on the floor with your back upright and your legs stretched straight out in front of you. Bend your knees outward with the soles of your feet together and carefully draw your heels toward your pelvis. Now lie down flat on your back with your arms alongside your body, palms up. If this is hard, place a rolled up towel under your lower back.

Stretches your inner thighs, increases range of external rotation in the hips and calms the nervous system

Because your body is the most important gear you have πŸ˜‰

7 thoughts on “Stretching after shredding – snowboard yoga

  1. Great post, Sarah! πŸ™‚ I’m yet to try shredding myself but know these stretches well enough from Insanity cool-downs. Very effective indeed.

  2. Thanks for those exercises! I definitely gonna try that the next time! I don’t like being sore and my “normal” stretching exercises don’t work that well..

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