Both, kitesurfing and yoga seem to be gaining in popularity and they’re both great individually, but what not many people realise is that when you combine the two, you’ve hit the jackpot!
Kitesurfing is a watersport that requires strength, focus, coordination and balance. And guess what you’ll develop with a regular yoga practice? Strength, focus, coordination and balance. On top of that, yoga will help with your flexibility, help you stretch before and after your kite session and minimise the risk of any injuries. Yoga might just be the key to taking your kitesurfing from good to great, and here’s why:
1. Build strength with yoga
Yoga practice is great for building up strength in a low impact way, thus protecting your joints and your spine. It will help you develop your core, your posture, strengthen your back, legs and all the little muscles you didn’t even know existed. If you’ve never done yoga you might think it’s just a bunch of lazy stretches but rest assured, after the right yoga practice you’ll feel your core, and even the muscles between your ribs burn!
2. Yoga for better balance and focus
Balance on the matt, balance in life. With yoga you will not only develop a better balance in your body which is insanely important on your board, but yoga will also help you improve your mental and emotional balance which is invaluable in stressful situations like a kitesurfing competition or when the adrenalin takes over while learning a new trick. Yoga teaches you to breath deeply and to be more aware, it helps you connect your body and mind and greatly improves your ability to stay focused during your kite session.
3. Build body awareness with yoga
Yoga puts a big emphasis on micro movements, posture and body awareness. It helps you scan your body and make micro adjustments that might make a big difference when learning a new kitesurfing skill, no matter how big or small. Being aware of your posture, your movements and your position in space and in the wind window is invaluable in kitesurfing.
4. Yoga for improved coordination
When kitesurfing you need to focus on many things at the same time and coordinate all your movements, the kite, the board, your body, whoops there’s a wave, oh and there’s your mate …. Yes, there’s a lot going on in kiting! Yoga gives you an opportunity to practice focus and coordination in a safe environment. This applies to your mind and body. Your yoga practice will help you get better control over your body and enable you to focus on the situation at hand.
5. Yoga for better recovery and injury prevention
There’s no denying it, kitesurfing takes a toll on your body, you spend hours contracting and tensing your muscles. Yoga is a great way to stretch and relax those muscles after a kite session, as well as calm your mind and release some of that adrenalin. Not only will it help you relieve the soreness after the kite session but it will also improve your flexibility which in turn can play a big role in injury prevention.
Yoga is a great complementary training to kitesurfing and we provide two yoga classes per day. Warm up with a morning practice, stretch and relax your muscles in the evening class! Who’s in?