yoga for figure skating
posted: January 7, 2010
Want to take your winter sport of choice to the next level?
Joining a yoga class once or twice a week will increase your focus and agility in other sports, by stretching your muscles and tendons and increasing your flexibility.
Below are the steps to Dancer’s pose (Natarajasana). This pose helps you develop concentration and balance, strengthens and tones your leg muscles, and opens your shoulder and chest muscles.
Maintain steady inhaling and exhaling throughout the pose. Remember to listen to your body, and stop if you feel any pain.
Begin by standing comfortably with your feet together and your arms by your sides. Take a deep breath, and shift your weight to your right foot. Bend your left arm at the elbow and hold your hand with the palm up.
Lift your left foot behind you, and reach back with your left hand. Grab the inside or outside of your left foot.
Raise your right arm up towards the sky (or the ceiling of the arena), and slowly begin to lower your right arm so that it is parallel to the ground. At the same time, kick your left foot into your hand, and extend your left leg.
Keep looking forward while you balance on your right leg with your right arm extended straight and hold for about eight breaths.
To release the pose, let go of your left foot, bring your right arm down, and return to standing pose. Repeat these steps on the other foot.
To find a complimentary yoga class near you, check out your nearest store’s event calendar: http://www.lululemon.com/stores/