Similar to skiing, yoga is an activity where there is so much focus on strength. Yoga and skiing require full concentration of both the body and mind. If someone does not regularly strength train the muscles or ski often, preparing the muscles to tolerate the long runs can be challenging. Especially when coming from lower elevation. Higher altitudes can create challenges with depleted oxygen flow through the body, which makes it more difficult to breathe calmly without getting a bit short of breath. Yoga can be extremely beneficial leading up to a ski trip. Better yet, try yoga on a ski trip!
At Winter Park Resort there is free yoga on Fridays at 4:30 PM at the plaza stage and Sundays at 7:30 AM at the Hill House, which is located near the Vintage Motel. As noted from the resort, “Awaken and prepare your body for a beautiful Sunday on the mountain or for your drive back home. There is a rotating cast of local yoga instructors for a calm and rejuvenating FREE one-hour yoga session, specifically designed with skiers, boarders, and travelers in mind.” Mats are provided but there is a limited supply.
SNOWga (yoga on the snow), is a 30 minute FREE class led by a certified yoga instructor. SNOWga will focus on a series of stretches and exercises. There is also music and hot chocolate provided.
Yoga can also be beneficial before, during or after a day on the slopes. Below are five poses to keep in mind to practice at any point in the day.
Keep it simple and slow with long holds while moving with the breath.
High lunges strengthen the legs, while low lunges to open up the hips and the quads.
Suggested to hold for at least 30 seconds or more to warm up the legs, hips, and shoulders.
Suggested to try with long holds, and add on a twist to the left and right with your palms together in front of your chest.
Cow Face Pose:
This pose is claimed as one of the best poses you can do for opening tight shoulders and hips.
Yoga is a great way to alleviate wear and tear on your body. Give it a try as all levels are welcome on Fridays and Sundays at Winter Park. Namaste your way into vacation this winter.