The Sochi Winter Olympics: Yoga Style!
With big-name American Olympians such as Jamie Anderson (slopestyle snowboarding) and Gracie Gold (figure skating) crediting yoga as a part of their training routine, the stretchy sport has gotten some attention this February. Today we pay homage to each Olympic event with a yoga pose of its own:
Chair pose is a perfect way to get warmed up for downhill skiing. Whether you’re into moguls or tackling technique on the super combined, chair is certain to get your quads fired up and your knees prepared for some action.
Insert rifle and voilà!
Stretch out those hamstrings for a quick start and a long ride!
Lateral lunges will get you ready, set, fired up for the skating portion of cross-country ski trails.
Flexibility in this pose can help with the first element, or “delivery” of the stone, in curling.
The resemblance of this pose to the sport it represents is pretty clear! If you struggle with this on land, imagine how difficult it must be on a single blade while moving!
The name says it all!
Hockey involves a lot of side-to-side movement. Extended side angle is a great way to warm up both the outside and inside of your legs - a perfect compliment to the physical demands of hockey.
It looks like you pretty much just lay there for this, but as we all know corpse pose (much like the luge) is more than “just laying there.”
Cowabunga! Get your back ready for a descent down icy slopes with this prone pose.
Warrior III is the closest way to feel like you’re flying in the world of solo yoga poses. It also requires poise and balance, much in the same way ski jumping does.
Since its addition to the Winter Olympics in 1998, snowboarding has ballooned into much more than one event. Nonetheless, we can say for certain that those athletes have fun expressing themselves on their boards. So, to appreciate snowboarding with yoga, pick a pose that’s fun and acrobatic for you!
Although not technically a yoga pose, Bowler’s lunge is a fun way to test balance and lateral stability.
...and if all else fails, just make sure you stick your landing:
Rachel Wiegand has been an athlete her whole life but yoga has been the only constant throughout moves and life changes. A former personal trainer, she is now a practicing chiropractor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and enjoys helping patients find a physical activity that fits their lifestyle best. In addition to yoga, she practices Pilates and is an avid Crossfitter. On her weekends you can find her teaching yoga at CrossFit Sheboygan, with her hubby at Lake Michigan on her paddleboard, or at the dog park with her boxer, Dug.