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Yoga for Skiers

Instead of a hot toddy, try yoga after a day of skiing moguls and adrenaline-producing black diamond runs.

By Baron Baptiste and Kathleen Finn Mendola

Hands should be in front of your body to encourage forward movement and to initiate pole plants.

Our bodies are designed to move. Biologically, we require continuous, regular motion. Yet, often in the winter months, we stay indoors, moving less and sitting more. Skiing satisfies our primal need for motion while reconnecting us with nature. Both novice and veteran skiers can attest to the physical and spiritual exhilaration of a day on the slopes.

To get the most from your days on skis, follow the wisdom of yogis and stretch those muscles before and after you tackle the mountain. Remember, if you stay in top shape, you can ski for free after age 70. Now, there's something to look forward to!

Baron Baptiste is a yoga teacher and athletic trainer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, known for his work with the Philadelphia Eagles and as the host of ESPN's "Cyberfit." Kathleen Finn Mendola is a health and wellness writer based in Portland, Oregon.

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Yoga AAA, Sweden

Yoga + skiing is a match in heaven. :-) Thanks for a very inspiring post!
Though the strengthening pre-season asanas are not quite the same as the after-ski ones when the lower body is exhausted (then I do more leg stretches, inversions, and arm balances, to save the legs).

Pamela Fraser

Try yoga before hitting the slopes. Go to the January 10th post on my weekly blog--- www.yogawithachristiantwist.blogspot.com---that targets the Achilles tendons to enhance forward lean. plf

Sue MacLennan

Yoga after skiing has been a practice of mine for several years. This year I bought extra mats and have been introducing apres ski yoga to my ski friends, most of whom were not familiar with yoga and are now converts. We usually do the 30 min. Baron Baptiste dvd. My knees have appreciated my yoga practice. Keep spreading the word !

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