Yoga and snowshoeing have a few similarities: both activities allow you to relax, work on your balance and proprioception, and gently build up your entire body. By alternating these sports, you'll increase your performance and reap double the benefits.
Our partners at YogaTribes suggest this complementary routine to snowshoeing. Try it; you won’t regret it!
Hands to Heart
Extend your spine upward and breathe consciously for one minute: inhale for 5 seconds, then exhale for 5 seconds.
As you open the pelvic region, extend one leg by stepping forward. Engage your glutes and keep your front knee above your ankle. Breathe fully 3 to 5 times, then switch sides.
Standing Bow Pulling Pose
Open your hip to the side and keep your front knee slightly bent. Don't hesitate to lean on a chair to keep your balance. Breathe fully 3 to 5 times, then switch sides.
Keep a straight back and your knee behind your toes. Leaning on a chair or wall can help you keep your balance. Breathe deeply 3 to 5 times, then switch sides.
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
Spread your feet much wider than your shoulders. Using a block can help you bring your hands closer to the floor. Make sure you keep your weight on the balls of your feet by engaging your glutes. Breathe deeply 3 to 5 times.
Keeping a straight back, tilt slightly backward. You can sit on a block and put your feet on the floor if necessary. Breathe fully 3 to 5 times.
Keeping a straight back, engage your glutes by bringing your knees closer to the floor. Sit on a block if necessary. Breathe deeply 3 to 5 times.
Keeping your knees aligned with your hips; push with your feet and arms to lift the pelvis. Breathe deeply 3 to 5 times.
Keeping a straight back; your shoulders and head should touch the floor. Use a strap around your feet if necessary. Breathe deeply 3 to 5 times.
Let your feet and arms rest naturally alongside your body. Make yourself comfortable. Use a blanket if you want. Stay in this position as long as you wish and enjoy this state of relaxation!