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?

Surf Girl - - Snow Posse - Words by Nat Fox

Bal­ance Bec

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,

Val d’isere

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?

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