Combining yoga and surfing for a tristana of benefits

I know it probably has to do with the 74 degree water here in Southern California lately, but I’ve been surfing a lot more than usual — at the expense of morning yoga practice. As far as I can tell, though, that’s totally OK. You can choose to parse yoga’s benefits however you want. I … Continue reading Combining yoga and surfing for a tristana of benefits

A surfing lesson you can apply to your yoga practice

I’m on day nine of 10 down here in Encinitas that I got out in the water and surfed. (We’re 10 for 10 when it comes to getting in the water.) The surf hasn’t been anything near epic, and the promised swell that is supposed to begin arriving today hasn’t yet. But that hasn’t stopped … Continue reading A surfing lesson you can apply to your yoga practice

Off to Third Series training (and surfing)

I’m just going to drop in a Facebook post Bobbie put up on Friday: I would like to thank everyone who has cheerfully told me to have a “relaxing” / “chill” / “enjoyable” time at my yoga teacher training; however, I’m actually going to a sweat-soaked, ass-kicking, tapas wringer and will be lucky if I … Continue reading Off to Third Series training (and surfing)

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 … Continue reading Asanas to help your surfing

Surfing, yoga and treating PTSD

We’ve highlighted the beneficial treatment that yoga can provide in regards to PTSD. We’ll assume it is one of those topics that just makes sense to you (since you’re reading this blog). We’ve also talked about the similarities between yoga and surfing, and so we’ll point you to this NPR story about the benefits of … Continue reading Surfing, yoga and treating PTSD

The yoga of surfing and the Pipeline Masters

Over on Oahu the past week, what I’ll always think of as simply the Pipeline Masters — but this year officially is called the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons — has been running. The final heats are running on Friday. This event is in the mix as the most important competition in … Continue reading The yoga of surfing and the Pipeline Masters

Ashtanga, surfing and the art of being in the moment

When I started practicing yoga, I had no deeper goals than trying to loosen myself up a bit in order to improve my surfing. I wasn’t seeking to purify the Subtle Body. I had no thoughts about any Patanjali limbs. Samadhi, sh-amadhi. In that, I think I’m pretty typical. But then one thing led to … Continue reading Ashtanga, surfing and the art of being in the moment

What should a description of a Mysore class include?

I came across this description of a Mysore class/program at Ashtanga Montauk, which admittedly is a spot more on my radar for surfing than yoga: Mysore Style Classes are Ashtanga Yoga classes, as traditionally practiced in Mysore, India, the home of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The Mysore class is a group class where … Continue reading What should a description of a Mysore class include?

In Ashtanga, facing the difficulty of the difficult

We’re partway through our second week in Encinitas where, I kid you not, it rained on Tuesday. That’s not about to stop me from going surfing in a bit. (In fact, I’ll probably pause midway in this post.) What’s more likely to stop me from surfing is the fact that we’re partway through our second … Continue reading In Ashtanga, facing the difficulty of the difficult