3 yoga poses for skiers

Yoga for skiers: Bridge Pose

Because you hinge forward when you ski, it is beneficial to take a gentle backbend afterwards. Bridge stretches the front line of your body and rejuvenates sore legs.  

To get into bridge pose, begin lying on your back with your arms at your sides, palms facing the earth. Bend your knees and stack your ankles right below your knees. You should be able to graze the backs of your heels with your fingertips. 

Lift your hips off of the mat. If it’s accessible to you, shimmy your shoulder blades underneath your heart to lift your chest higher and interlace your hands underneath the small of your back. Take 3-5 breaths here, then release your grip and carefully lower back to your mat. Repeat twice more to reap the full benefits of this posture. 

If it’s in your practice and you'd like more of a backbend, try wheel pose

Yoga for skiers: supine pigeon pose via alignyo
Supine Pigeon

If you've tried to get the most out of your lift ticket by skiing a few hours too long, half pigeon pose may be too much for your hips. Try supine pigeon on your back instead. 

From lying on your back, bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Draw your right knee into your chest and set your left ankle between your right quad and right knee. Interlace your hands behind your right knee by reaching your left hand in between your legs and your right hand around your right knee. Slowly pull it in towards you to deepen the stretch. Hold for 3-5 breaths and release. 

Repeat on the other side. 

Yoga for skiers: Happy Baby Pose
Happy Baby

Happy baby pose is another way to prevent sore hips after a full day of skiing. To get in this posture, begin lying on your back. Bend your knees and draw them into your chest. Reach for the inner arches of your feet while keeping your back flat on the earth.  

Hold for 3-5 breaths and release. 

Yoga for skiers: Bridge Pose
Yoga for skiers: supine pigeon pose via alignyo
Yoga for skiers: Happy Baby Pose