By Kelly Mcintosh
f you’ve been living in, I don’t know, Earth for the past decade, you’d know that there’s a yoga pose for almost anything. Heartburn? Cat-Cow can help. Knee pain? Try the Bridge Pose. College Loans? Simply Downward-Facing Dog them away. But, even with the vast capabilities of yoga, I’d somehow never gave thought to the benefits of it reaching into the sports arena. That brings us to the subject at hand: skiing and yoga.
Who would have thought that two seemingly different entities would be such a match made in winter sports heaven? Sure, yoga works great to help calm and stretch your body, while centering your mind, skiing, on the other hand, feels very intensive and strict -- or maybe that’s just the way I do it. In any case, we all know the seemingly endless benefits to a regular yoga routine, so should it really be a surprise that it might bring us just what the doctor ordered? Balance.
Every year the most common injuries while skiing or snowboarding are ligament tears. Obviously, more serious injuries can happen, but the most controllable injury comes simply from a lack of stretching your body and strengthening your legs and core before going out in the snow. So, below I’ve compiled a few simple poses to get you off the yoga mat and headed towards the perfect ski season ever.
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