The surf conditions in WA of late have been a bit iffy. Wind has been all over the place and there's been no surf to speak of. Which has resulted in me getting a lot of clients coming in with hip/glut and shoulder injuries after going hell for leather on the one morning that has a tiny bit of swell. So how can we prevent this from continually happening so that when that next bit of swell comes around, you're on it and in it and all over it?
Welcome to Yoga my surfer-friends.
If you aren't already doing some form of yoga or haven't dabbled in it of late - I implore you to do so. Most of you are already hippies, but if not, don't fear - you don't have to be eating organically, growing your own food and going on retreats to Bali to be a yogi (although really, you should think about those....)
Yoga, when done correctly, is a FANTASTIC way to both strengthen and lengthen muscles at the same time. It keeps them supple and strong so that they're ready to be used in all the awkward positions we throw at them when we're in the water. It is not purely a form of stretching. If you are doing yoga correctly, you should come away feeling invigorated, strong and well warmed up, even a bit sweaty! Start with a yoga class to get some basic guidelines, or if you are too embarassed to be struggling it out with the hippies, hop onto youtube and do some in the privacy of your own home. As you get the knack of it, hold the poses for longer and repeat the sequences. Or do some that talk you through the movements including when to breathe in and out and what to tighten, when. Find a routine that suits you and apart from getting your yoga on when the swell is lacking, get a quick routine done before you paddle out!
If you're unsure about where to start - drop us a line and we can give you a hand or point you in the right direction! and OHMM - give us a call on (08) 9448 2994, or book an appointment online here!