Breathe in…breathe out…your breath flows like the waves surrounding you. You are completely calm, your mind is clear, and your concentration is completely focused on that next wave already rising behind you. This is what makes a good surfer – and this is what yoga teaches you: controlling your breathing, keeping a level head, and directing your concentration towards specific things. It’s not without reason that Yoga and Surfing have become so commonly associated. Not only does it train your mental fitness; regular yoga practice also strengthens your body, which in turn prevents injury and provides the flexibility necessary for a smooth take-off. Some yoga poses, referred to as asanas, work perfectly as warm-up exercises before surfing. Others have a relaxing effect and loosen up your tired muscles after a rigorous session in the waves. The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara), a dynamic cycle of specific asanas, in which movement and breath become synchronized, follows a motion almost identical to the take-off on a surfboard, making it the ideal exercise for surfers. Finally, through regular yoga practice you can treat, even prevent, chronic surfer ailments like lower back pain and neck tension.
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