It takes tremendous strength, balance, and focus to charge down a mountain while strapped to a board alternating between your heel and toe edge, absorbing—or launching from—bumps along the way. This means snowboarders who spend time on the yoga mat are better prepared for a graceful, injury-free season of riding. “Yoga helps snowboarders develop body awareness and deliberate movement patterns, so they can advance in the sport, whether they’re experts or novice, once-a-year mountain-goers,” says Nicole Mucciolo, a yoga teacher to snowboarders of all skill levels at the Vitality Center in Vail, Colorado. Get started with these poses that strengthen your feet, tone your quads, and help protect your knees for many rides to come. Happy shredding!
OUR PRO: Writer and model Erin Hardy teaches a Yoga for Snowboarders workshop at her studio, The Yoga Mat, in Denver.
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