We shouldn't be called surfers, we should be called paddlers, because that's what we spend most of our time doing...

As anyone who has laid on surfboard and paddled their a**e off knows - your upper body strength can be the different between a short and exhausting surf and a long and less frustrating one.  I think we can all relate to the feeling of thinking our arms are literally going to fall off from paddling so much, whether it was when we first started surfing or when we've been caught on the wrong side of a multiple-wave set and had to paddle (and duck-dive and paddle and duck-dive) out to the back again.

But think about what your asking your body to do when you're constantly paddling.  You're always arching your back to lift your chest so that your arms are free to paddle (when do we ever arch our backs that much in "normal" life?) and you're having to propel yourself forward with your upper-body strength when usually your legs would do the propelling (when you're walking/running etc).  No wonder your shoulders and lower back grumble if you haven't surfed for a few weeks/months...

Here's how yoga can help (yup, you knew it was coming)....

Yoga asanas (postures) "put" your body in different positions that strengthen, stretch and explores your whole body.  And with a strengthening yoga style like vinyasa flow you can use the practice to keep all your paddling muscles fired up for when you're away from the water.  Don't believe me?  Try this short "paddle power" class I filmed for Surfdome...   

I'm back in Devon to film more classes, so watch this space.  If you have any questions or requests then drop me a "hola" at hello@lucyfosterperkins.com

Enjoy!

 

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