Swimming, breath and Yoga – Parallels between moving meditations Swimming has always been a form of moving meditation to me, an escape into the cooling depths of my subconscious and a way to unblock creative flows. Ever since I can remember, everything from wild swimming in the sea to the rhythmic pacing up and down of swimming pool lanes monotonously counting the times I touch each end of the pool, has played an important role in my mental and physical well-being. When I was younger and suffering with a bad bout of depression I used swimming as a natural way to lift my mood andRead More →

5 best yoga poises for a surf warm up

The 5 best yoga poses for a surf warm up These 5 simple yoga stretches are perfect for an all round warm up pre surf. Focusing on stretching out your back body before hours of paddling about in a what is essentially a sustained backbend. It also works with hip and shoulder mobility, which are both key players in obtaining peak performance when out surfing. You will begin to build a bit of heat in your quads and core, as well as releasing built up tension in your neck and upper back that may be left over from the day before’s session. Rag doll swings:Read More →

Yin yoga post trekking

Yoga for post trekking The other day when on holiday in Northern Spain I climbed the iconic mountain looking over Bilbao, Pagassari. Now being in pretty good shape; due to being a yoga instructor with an addiction to outdoor adventure sports, I shot up and down the mountain with relative ease in what amounted to a very enjoyable 4 hour trek. The problems started the next day when I woke up with extremely  stiff calves and what felt like the onset of shin splints that left me walking like a robot for the whole day. Kicking myself for swerving my post trek stretch out inRead More →

The perfect surf warm up! - the 5 Tibetan Rites

If you only do one land based activity before getting out in the ocean for a surf then do this! The only surf warm up you’ll ever need! The 5 Tibetan Rites The benefits of this ancient practice, which originates from a condensed daily yoga practice created by Tibetan monks over 2000 years ago, are touted as everything from the reduction of anxiety and stress, to reversing the aging process! As surfers though the main benefits of this mini spiritual workout that we’re interested in are: improvement of overall strength and flexibility, the strengthening of core and back muscles, improved respiration, oxygenating the blood stream,Read More →

3 part back stretch

5 simple yoga poses for post Paddle Boarding So you’ve spent a few hours out on the water paddling like a trouper. Whether you’ve been touring some waterways on a river jolly, dealing with some small chop and wind whilst exploring the coastline, or out giving it some in some decent swell paddle surfing; one thing that these all have in common is the tendency towards aching or tightness in your shoulders, forearms, wrists and lower back. Not to mention achy trapezius, a tired core and overworked rotator cuff and neck muscles. These simple stretches are a great way to prepare your paddle power preRead More →

Dancers pose against a tree

Yoga poses for before, during and after a hike. Nothing quite marries the yoga qualities of mindfulness and being present with the physicality of your body and breath as a trek; where the world opens up into infinity in front of your very eyes, taking your consciousness into a quieter and more primordial headspace as you feel your connectedness with the bigger picture that is the energy of nature all around you. But unfortunately nothing can ruin your down with nature vibe like an injury or tight achy quads and glutes, which leave you walking like a cowboy for days after; with the calves, hamstringsRead More →