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Gretchen Bleiler’s Top 3 Yoga Poses for Snowboarders

Kathryn Budig talks snow and flow with the Olympian. Plus, three poses to make your time on the mountain even sweeter.

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Kathryn Budig talks snow and flow with the Olympian. Plus, three poses to make your time on the mountain even sweeter.

The end of snow sports season is approaching, but there’s still time to get some last set of turns in. To make them even sweeter, I talked with Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler about her three favorite yoga poses and how the practice benefits snowboarders.

The Benefits of Yoga and Snowboarding

Of course, yoga makes everything better, but I was interested in how Gretchen thinks it improves her time on the mountain. “Snowboarding and yoga are both great tools for life!” she said. “What we learn on our mat and on our snowboards is what we can take with us into our everyday lives to live with intention, meaning, purpose, stability, and ease!”

Gretchen is also devoted to a daily meditation practice. She has inspired me for years with her success, dedication, and incredibly warm personality. So I’m thrilled to partner with her and combine our passions for a weekend of snow and flow over the last weekend of the season in Aspen April 17–20th. If you’re interested, come join the fun here!

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Gretchen Bleiler’s Three Favorite Yoga Poses for Snowboarders

Half Moon Pose

Pilates can complement your yoga practice.

Ardha Chandrasana

HOW IT HELPS SNOWBOARDERS “I like how it challenges the whole body and mind with the task of balance, stability, and ease!” Gretchen says.

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Alternate Nostril Breathing

woman doing chandra bhedana moon breath meditation pranayama

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

HOW IT HELPS SNOWBOARDERS “It balances the two hemispheres of the brain and leaves me feeling totally centered and ready to focus,” Gretchen says.

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Single Pigeon Pose

Open Up to Joy Home Practice Dec 14 Pigeon Pose Variation Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, variation

HOW IT HELPS SNOWBOARDERS “This is a great one for snowboarders because we typically have really tight hips,” Gretchen says. “Doing pigeon hurts so good, you can feel the layers of tightness melt away as we just surrender to it.”

Also see3 Ways to Make Pigeon Pose Feel Better

About Kathryn Budig

Yoga teacher kathryn budig

Kathryn Budig is the yoga teacher behind AIM TRUE, a regular writer for Yoga Journal, and a presenter at Yoga Journal LIVE! Catch up with her @ kathrynbudig.com and on:

Twitter: @kathrynbudig
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Facebook: @kathrynbudigyoga