SNOW YOGA GURUS
We’re all aware of the benefits yoga brings to surfing, but what about how it benefits our activities in the snow? We ask three inspiring teachers who are pioneering the world of yoga in the French Alps: why is yoga so good for the mountain lifestyle?
Here in the French Alps the mountains are so immense, forcing an enlivening impression on us. We are empowered and improved by the challenges of the mountain lifestyle. Likewise we are empowered and improved from the challenges on our yoga mat.
SNOWGA is a style of yoga that I’ve developed to compliment skiing, snowboarding and the mountain mindset. It’s a dynamic yoga style that integrates movement with breath to create a feeling of flow – much like the flow we vibe with when riding the fall-line in our mountain sports.
Soulla Demetriou, Soulshine Snow Yoga Adventures Yoga is the perfect practice to wake the body for a day on the mountains, then stretch it out at the end of the day. Focused, regular poses can build strength, flexibility and endurance, maximising time playing on the mountains and helping us avoid injuries. By focusing on the breath, yoga can also help to maximise the body’s ability to perform at the lower oxygen levels found at altitude. Bringing an attitude of mindful compassion can help us strike the balance between finding our edge to improve our performance, while letting it come from a place of kindness and compassion so we take care of ourselves rather than let ourselves be driven by a strong inner critic.
Charlotte Saint Jean, Yoga With Altitude,
Yoga is all about union and harmony – the inner and outer balance, the marriage of strength and flexibility. What better way to practise than with nature’s reminder permanently in front of you?