According to Baron Baptiste, yoga educator and creator of Baptiste Power Yoga, ‘the biggest advantage yoga can bring to your snowboarding is injury prevention’ since yoga assists you become aware of your physical imbalances. Skiing needs active balance in between your core, gluteus maximus, thighs, ankles and feet, states author of ‘Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness,’ Lisa Mercer. Many yoga presents can help skiers construct those locations and, through a regular yoga practice, to attain poise and grace that can mean the demands of skiing.

Full Boat Pose

Full Boat Pose is a seated, core-building yoga pose. Your body resembles a ‘V’ shape, and you balance on your sit bones with lifted legs and your upper body leaned back almost at a 45-degree angle. The dynamic balance of the thigh, gluteus maximus, core and back muscles needed to keep the body in Boat Pose boosts stomach muscles and trains you to remain to breathe even when in a tough position. Both of these benefits will improve your skiing technique.

Warrior III

Warrior III is a standing balance yoga posture. Stand on one leg with your lifted leg extended straight behind you, working to parallel to the ground. Extend your arms straight along with your ears. Warrior III boosts your foot, gastrocnemius, or calf muscle, hamstrings, and gluteus maximus. According to author of ‘Yoga Anatomy’, Leslie Kaminoff, flex the knee of your standing leg if your hamstrings are tight. Keep both hip points dealing with down and do not let the raised leg rotate your hips out. Warrior III establishes an aligned position that’ll help keep your balance on the slopes.

Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose is a basic kneeling yoga posture that stretches the ankles, thighs and hips. Kneel on your yoga mat. Expand your knees the width of your mat and touch your huge toes together with the tops of your feet grounded into your mat. Press your hips back onto your heels and lay your upper body in between the area of your knees. Let your forehead release to your mat and extend your arms forward, straight together with your ears. This resting present permits you to stop briefly and link deeply with your breathing. Use the weight of your upper body to extend your ankle and leg muscles gently. All snowboarding movements start in the feet and ankles, and healthy foot and ankle muscles are key to ‘carving the snowy terrain,’ says Mercer.