i recently met an experienced and well traveled surfer who claims that his daily yoga sessions significantly improve his surfing skills. what do you guys think? agree/disagree? is there anyone of you never/always does yoga and still shreds/sucks?
also do you have any recommendations for surfing yoga dvds? i did a couple free yoga sessions at my college and i really enjoyed it but some of the poses felt like complete mystic-hippy bs. and besides, theyre only once a week and in instances like tonight's id rather watch monday night football.
After much deliberation about Yoga and what it would do for me... Finally, I decided to seriously try it for an extended period of time, because of back problems (herniated disc)... There are many variations and spins on Yoga (Power, Vinyasa, Hot, etc...) based on instuctor and participants/students preferences. It really depends on what you want to get out of it... There are some surfing Yoga vides that I've seen advertised in Mags, etc... but never tried them.
I don't think there is any direct correleation to Yoga making your surfing skills better. However, I would say that I think that it can strengthen your core, legs and upper body, it increases your flexibility, balance and muscle endurance/stamina. With all of those benefits its bound to make you better equiped as an athelete and ultimiatly improve your potential to shred... so to say!
Ya, need to give it a try, and see if it is for you. Try some classes, and then you can learn the poses and do it on your own and in the classes (if you like the classes).
Each teacher is different. My favorite style is the Hatha yoga, where it is much more slow paced and you hold each pose for a longer time, in comparison to the the Vinyasa yoga where it is more aerobic and you are shifting from one pose to another in a more fluid, flowing manner.
Everything everybody else said...I tried it out for the first time when I started doing P90X and I was amazed at how much more flexibility I had after doing it...as well as helping with balance and core...and breathing
Give it a shot, can't hurt to try it, and if your leery about going to a class, pick up P90X and do that version...it's an hour and a half...I usually only do about an hour's worth a week, modify...but yeah it helps...