yoga for figure skating

Want to take your winter sport of choice to the next level?

Joining a yoga class once or twice a week will increase your focus and agility in other sports, by stretching your muscles and tendons and increasing your flexibility.

Below are the steps to Dancer's pose (Natarajasana). This pose helps you develop concentration and balance, strengthens and tones your leg muscles, and opens your shoulder and chest muscles.

Maintain steady inhaling and exhaling throughout the pose. Remember to listen to your body, and stop if you feel any pain.

step one


Begin by standing comfortably with your feet together and your arms by your sides. Take a deep breath, and shift your weight to your right foot. Bend your left arm at the elbow and hold your hand with the palm up.

step 2


Lift your left foot behind you, and reach back with your left hand. Grab the inside or outside of your left foot.

step 3


Raise your right arm up towards the sky (or the ceiling of the arena), and slowly begin to lower your right arm so that it is parallel to the ground. At the same time, kick your left foot into your hand, and extend your left leg.

step 4


Keep looking forward while you balance on your right leg with your right arm extended straight and hold for about eight breaths.

To release the pose, let go of your left foot, bring your right arm down, and return to standing pose. Repeat these steps on the other foot.

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I do a version of this on ice and doing it in yoga class every week makes me that much stronger. Great posting!!

Comment by Erin - lululemon NBC — January 6, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

Thanks for this! Yoga has greatly improved my figure skating! The stretching and strength aspects are so wonderful to bring back on the ice.

Comment by Kate — January 6, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

I would recommend grabbing the foot from the INSIDE (rather than the outside as picture), at the ankle to prevent wrist injury and to open up the shoulder.

Comment by Shannon — January 7, 2010 @ 11:22 am

There are so many yoga poses that helped me on the ice with spread eagles, ina bauers, beilmans etc. Awesome post as per usual!!! :)

Comment by Georgia- lululemon SQ1 — January 7, 2010 @ 11:35 am

Such a wonderful post. Can’t wait to see more of these blog style yoga posts. Even on days when we don’t have the time to do an entire yoga class, it’s nice to be able to hop onto the blog and invest in a pose or two!

Comment by Carolyn — January 7, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

I love this posting! It def. increases my flexibility for skating… I just wish I could get more classes in a week since I’m trying to do my first competition this year since high school :).

Comment by Nina — January 7, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

Bring back the corset jacket..

Comment by Dana — January 7, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

This just made my day <3

Comment by Skater — January 7, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

so does this mean you will sell colthing for figure skating …I use the normal pants like grove they work quite well and I use a running jacket from lulu but have to were my LULU arm warmmers …that is great .

Comment by elle — January 7, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

Thanks! We don’t usually get recognition like this for being skaters!

Comment by Sam — January 7, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

I loved reading this post. Growing up in Hawaii, we would go to our local ice skating rink, “Ice Palace,” and dream of becoming ice skating queens!

Comment by Marisa — January 8, 2010 @ 12:05 am

Thanks for the great post! Yoga does help with strength and flexibility on and off the ice! I know there are lots of us skating in our groove pants that would love to see a few functional pieces for our ice time!

Comment by Mel — January 8, 2010 @ 9:55 am

Yoga makes better figure skaters. How else can one learn a Biellmann spin? Your warm, flexible, super-cute clothes are great for skating. We all love them!

Comment by skaterRx — January 9, 2010 @ 5:02 am

Wow! I love this pose!I do it every time before I go on the ice and before compitions to help me focus and to stretch!! Can’t wait to see more great posts like this!

Comment by madi — January 9, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

This really does help flexability on the ice :) Great post!
Does this mean more functional figure skating clothes will be sold in the stores because the stuff is great but not all of it works well on the ice though and if it did that would be awesome!

Comment by Becky — January 9, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

I skate everyday 24/7 i am hoping to go the olympics and i wear lululemon everyday! I LOVEEE IT!<3

Comment by SKATEMYLIFE — January 9, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

At Balanced Place, we’re asked a lot if Pilates and yoga are alike. I think they are more similar than different. This is a wonderful post. Thank you.

What a pretty site is!

Comment by Claudia — January 12, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

Love it! Yoga, skating and ballet are the perfect combinations! I love to skate in my wunder unders and swiftly long sleeve. Thank you for making products that are so cross functional!

Comment by srandolph — January 12, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

this is great! i am a competitive figre skater. in the 2009 junior nationals i placed 2 and in the 2010 junior nationals i placed 4. next year i go to nationals. yoga is a great way to get more fleixbility on the ice.

Comment by maggie gibson — January 12, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

Love this — though I don’t skate regularly anymore (and I miss it like crazy) I can see how this would be undeniably helpful for strength, flexibility and extension on the ice.

Comment by Jil — January 13, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

I am in love with these posts, not only does it reflect our culture, but it shows how cross functional yoga can be for all sports. The Yoga For Hockey post is also equally as awesome. Really looking forward to more, and kudos to the amazing photographer and stylists.

Comment by Sylwia W — January 14, 2010 @ 11:28 am

This has improved my balance already and i’ve only been doing it for a week! wow!

Comment by Dana — August 18, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

I look at this post probably every day because I find it so inspiring, and I love that the photo was taken in a rink!

Comment by Shauna — August 31, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

I read a lot of things in Yoga. Yoga in meditation, in fight, yoga in loosing weight and many more but it is my very first time to know a Yoga in ice skating. Skaters will have a great balance for sure. I am now believing, Yoga helps everything easier.

Comment by vancouver family dentist — July 3, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

Interesting read. I cannot do yoga due to a bad back injury (that put me out of competitive skating), but I used to do these poses on a half-Swiss-ball at the gym to practice balance and core stability while I was still competing, and it helps immeasurably.

Comment by Gigi — September 15, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

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