What’s with all the yoga nowadays?
During the ’70’s and ’80’s yoga suddenly became very popular across the Western world as a system of physical exercise. Today, yoga studios are popping up like mushrooms, and the internet is flooded with yoga blogs, where *yogi’s and *yoginis continuously post cool pictures of their favorite poses. In no time you can dive into the yoga lifestyle, without even lifting your butt! Easy Peasy. However, in the Indian traditions, yoga is much more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and even spiritual core.
Personally, I like the practice of yoga; it teaches me to control my breathing and my mind. I have a curious mind that likes to ponder and question things non-stop, and I love to quiet her from time to time. Yoga builds up a stronger, more flexible, healthier body, which also helps with surfing. Most importantly, I like it because I can explore certain things within myself, in my own time, at my own pace.
If you want to improve in the water, I invite you to dive into the yoga journey and, who knows, you might be surprised that it will improve so much more in your life than just your surfing.
Yes to yoga
If you’re interested in making the yoga commitment, try to find a good teacher whom you can relate to. Spend a lazy afternoon searching in books and on the
internet for more information: there are so many different types of yoga that it might take you some time to figure out what is the best fit for you. After one year of searching and trying out different styles, I’m still discovering which yoga practice is best for me. Yoga is so much more than doing poses on your mat or on the beach ( by the way, yoga on the beach is tricky when you’re trying to balance while sinking in the sand :). Don’t get discouraged if you’re not yet able to do the cool-looking-poses you see on social media. I agree it looks cool, and don’t get me wrong, I’m not against this kind of yoga pictures, they can be really inspiring for some. But yoga is about practicing. You cannot take pictures all the time while practicing, right? So whenever you feel discouraged, just smile and breathe and say: f*ck it. Go at your own speed, find your own thing in yoga and enjoy the ride.
Yoga? No, thank you
If you’re not much of a yoga type, but you want to build up strength and flexibility in your body, then I would recommend running, swimming and full body workouts. Whatever floats your surfboard. As long as you’re able to paddle out and catch many waves.