Did you know that snowshoeing and yoga are complementary sports? Adopt this routine for better performance on the trail and in the studio.
Yoga and snowshoeing have a few similarities: both activities allow you to relax, work on your balance and proprioception, and gently build up muscle mass. By alternating these sports, you'll increase your performance and reap double the benefits.
Our partners at YogaTribes suggest this complimentary yoga routine for snowshoers. Try it; you won’t regret it!
Extend your spine upward and focus on your breath for one minute: inhale for 5 seconds, then exhale for 5 seconds.
As you open the pelvic region, extend one leg by stepping forward. Engage your glutes and keep your front knee over your ankle. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths, then switch sides.
Lord of the dance
Open your hip to the side and keep your front knee slightly bent. Don't hesitate to lean on a chair to keep your balance. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths, then switch sides.
Keep a straight back and your knees behind your toes. Leaning on a chair or wall can help you keep your balance. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths, then switch sides.
Wide-legged forward bend
Spread your feet much wider than your shoulders. Using a block can help you bring your hands closer to the floor. Make sure you keep your weight on the balls of your feet by engaging your glutes. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths.
Keeping a straight back, tilt slightly backward. You can sit on a block and put your feet on the floor if this is more comfortable for your body. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths.
Keeping a straight back, engage your glutes by bringing your knees closer to the floor. Sit on a block if necessary. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths.
Lying on your back and keeping your knees aligned with your hips; push with your feet and arms to lift the pelvis. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths.
Lying on your mat and keeping a straight back; your shoulders and head should touch the floor. Use a strap around your feet if necessary. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths.
Let your feet and arms rest naturally alongside your body. Make yourself comfortable. Use a blanket if you want to stay warm in this pose. Stay in this position as long as you like and enjoy this state of relaxation!
Do you have difficulty clearing your mind while you relax? Start by visualizing a beautiful winter landscape (like those you see when snowshoeing). Imagine yourself in the heart of a forest, surrounded by snow-covered trees. Breathe slowly and deeply. Isn't it easier?
These poses work your flexibility, abdominal strength, conscious breathing and proprioception. This routine will give you a greater range of movement, improved balance, and less risk of injury, making your snowshoeing experience more enjoyable.
Want to learn more about the benefits of cross-training in multiple sports or disciplines? Find out how yoga routines can help you improve your cross-country skiing skills and vice versa.