yoga for snowboarding

Be a warrior on the mountain as well as on the mat with Warrior Two pose (Virabhadra). This pose is great for snowboarders because it stretches the legs, ankles, shoulders and arms.

step one

yoga for snowboarding pose one from lululemon athletica

Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.

step two

yoga for snowboarding pose 2 from lululemon athletica

Take a few deep breathes, and on an exhale step or lightly jump your feet about three feet apart.

step three

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step four

lululemon yoga for snowboarding pose four

Exhale and bend your right knee over the right ankle, making a perpendicular angle to the floor. Keep your left leg straight, using your left foot to anchor yourself as you hold the pose with your arms outstetched.

Hold this pose for about 30 seconds, breathing deeply and keeping your forward leg bent. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time on your other side.

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I can see this really helping with balance!

Comment by mike — January 27, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

Yoga does help with balance! I’ve been able to get further out on my heal edge while cruising on my snowboard. Thanks for the reminder about yoga’s benefits!

Comment by Elizabeth — January 28, 2010 @ 7:43 am

Totally agree. This is excellent for balance. I do similar poses for skiing and hiking. I find that yoga and pilates are really important to integrate into any fitness routine, particularly for active people that like running, hiking, and snow sports.

Thanks for the great tips!

Comment by Hiking Lady — January 28, 2010 @ 10:47 am

Totally agree! I’ve been doing bikram yoga religiously for a year now and just went back snowboarding after 3 years and OMG, I am so much better now than I can even remember! My balance and my leg strength is just amazing. Can’t wait to get back on the slopes!!!!

Comment by Joyce — January 28, 2010 @ 11:31 am

Remember in this pose to really stay present in rooting down the outside edge of your back foot. This will help a lot with stability and being able to go deeper into the posture. This is made easier by really engaging the glutes and your whole back leg and tucking your tailbone down slightly.

Comment by Brian — January 29, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

Yoga helps me with my riding 100%! I’m actually an instructor and I’ve been using yoga poses, like warrior to explain stance, balance, and pressure in my lessons. Yoga has helped me progress with my riding. :)

Comment by Alyssa (Educator Square One ) — January 31, 2010 @ 9:58 am

I’ve been skiing since Age 2 and it is like walking. Maybe I’ll get around to trying snowboarding, however, I can stop on a dime going 60 miles an hour with skies… can’t see that happening with snowboarding. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to buying some ski pants from Lululemon. Luwan from Vancouver and Luon both rock! I hope the mens section continues to grow. I need more high quality Lululemon athletic wear!

Comment by Christian — February 2, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

Rad! Body Pyramid Qi Gong has totally helped my snowboarding too! I think there’s a workshop outside Pasadena this weekend! It opens up the legs & hips – pretty relaxing too. ENJOY THE SNOW IN SOCAL!!!!

Comment by Stephanie — February 10, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

When I first read this, I thought, surely it can’t be that hard. Until I tried it! YIKES! My balance is much worse than it was before I had my daughter.. let’s just say that much. It was really difficult, and I was sore for about three days after. It has changed my balancing skills SO much though! Thank you!
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Comment by Kenzie — August 27, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

Denver yoga studio – The Yoga Mat is hosting a yoga retreat at Copper Mountain Resort January 29th and 30th.

Snow Salutes: Yoga for Snowboarders and Skiers
$150 = 3 yoga classes and 3 meals

Register here:

Comment by Erin Bakersmith — January 4, 2011 @ 9:31 am

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