Yoga for surfers

What you can do if one day you really want to practice your surf but there is no wave? There is a lot of others activities you can do to keep improving your surfing. We will give you some ways to keep training your body. One of the best way is yoga for surfers. There are many yoga poses for surfers who will improve your surfing. Why Yoga for surfers is one of the best complementary activity of surfing?

Why Yoga for surfers?

When you think about Yoga, you don’t really think about surf. But surprisingly they match!

Yoga complements surfing perfectly as it builds strength, flexibility and balance. When you surf you need to be focused and peaceful with yourself that is why yoga can help. Yoga is the best training before surfing, but if you don’t want to feel your body after the session you need to practice yoga after surf for stretching you.

The breath in yoga and surfing

Learning how to breathe properly might be the biggest benefits surfers will get from practicing yoga. In yoga you want to breathe through your nose filling your entire lungs. This can be very beneficial in alleviating fear in big surf as well as giving you the lung capacity to handle being held down by the waves. When the breath is calm and controlled it can go a long way in preventing panic in a bad situation. If we control the mind we come closer to controlling the body.

This introduction to yoga for surfing brings you the top six poses you must practice as a surfer. We will be looking at why this will help your surf and your body, and how to practice them. First things before practicing these postures take a few minutes to engage with your breath. Sitting on your mat or the floor, inhale into the rib cage, as you exhale draw your belly in. Only focus on the breath.

Different yoga poses for surfers

Pose 1: Eagle pose (Garuadasana)

Benefits in your body: strengthens and stretches the ankles and claves, stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders and upper back.

Benefits in your surfing: help for focus and balance

Pose 2: Warior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)

Benefits in your body: stretches legs and ankles, stretches groin, chest and shoulders and stimulates the abs

Benefits in your surfing: increases endurance

Pose 3: Extended side angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Benefits in your body: strengthens and stretches legs, knees and ankles, tretches groin, the spinal column, the size, the chest and shoulders.

Benefits in your surfing: increases endurance

Pose 4: Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Benefits in your body: lengthens the hamstrings and calves and stretches the shoulders, hands and arches of the feet. Strengthens your arms, upper body and legs. Energises the body.

Benefits in your surfing: calms the brain and nervous system

Pose 5: Extended puppy pose (Uttana Shishosana)

Benefits in your body: stretches and lengthens the spine, shoulders, left and right side of the body.

Benefits in your surfing: calms the mind and invigorates the body


Pose 6: King Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Benefits in your body: opens the hips, stretches the thighs, groin and psoa muscles, opens and releases the chest and shoulder

Benefits in your surfing: it counteracts the forward bending posture used in surfng. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana pose also increases blood flow and provides a good energy.

Yoga for sore back

If you’ re surfing, you probably already experienced some sore back problems. Here are some yoga poses for surfers who will help you.

Yoga for neck and shoulder relief

Technically, what happens is that the muscles in the back of the neck, upper back, and lower back are in constant contraction, causing tension and muscular shortening of the trapezius and other neck muscles. Here are some yoga poses for surfers who have neck and shoulder pain.

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If you’ re not a big fan of yoga and yoga poses, you can still read our article about different sports who might help your surfing too 🙂


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1-5 April 2021