Asanas to help your surfing

While we haven’t officially settled on a time, I think given a few Facebook convos that I have at least one of Tim Miller’s Third Series trainees lined up for a few surf sessions.

That’s my lead-in to noting that poses in First and Second, apparently, make up the 10 best asanas for surfers. (Reminder: Being better prepared for surfing was a major reason behind my starting an asana practice.)

I’ll link you over to this post, which isn’t new but is one I happened upon when scrolling through something else. And not only is all you need in First and Second, most of what you need is in the two Sun Salutes:

You can transition into this pose from downward dog by shifting forward into plank pose. From plank you will keep your hands on the floor and elbows in while bending them at a 90-degree angle. This is a really hard pose and you will need to make sure that your elbows don’t splay outward. Hold them in by the side of your torso and push them back towards your heels and look slightly in front of your fingertips to keep your neck in line with your spine. When done properly, this pose will set your triceps and shoulders on fire!

Can you guess the pose? Of course you can: Chataranga.

The full list of 10 also includes: Down and Up Dog, Utkatasana, Warrior II (thus my note that you almost only need Sun Salutes), Tree Pose, Malasana, Navasana, Salabhasana and finally Paschimottanasana.

I’d suggest you could swap Pasasana in for Malasana, if you want; I think Malasana is one variation for that pose. Also, if you want to keep it all Ashtanga, I’d sub in Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana for Tree Pose, which isn’t in any of the Ashtanga series (I’m 99.9% sure). Maybe Utthita Hasta — but who wants to do that, right?

This is the point, if you’re a regular reader, where you’re expecting a “but…” from me. Nope. The list seems pretty solid. (The site itself is pretty hit and miss; but, amazingly, there really isn’t a good surf site online; plenty of good ones where it counts, though.) I might add in Supta Virasana to help stretch the quads and hips more and perhaps Ardha Matsyendrasana to incorporate a twist, but then you’re at the best 12 poses, and that’s not how we do things.

Pranayama also is good to help if you’re going into big surf. And with El Nino forecast for this winter, the West Coast of the U.S. could be in for some epic surf. It might even still be around come Confluence time.

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