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Yoga and skiing – the perfect combination
Skiing is as tough as it is exhilarating. While we can’t get enough of the slopes, a long day on the mountain can result in aching limbs and sore joints.
So, how can we maximise our time on the mountain and minimise recovery time? This is where yoga comes in.
From stretching out tired muscles, to strengthening our legs and improving balance and flexibility, yoga and skiing is the perfect combination!
Read on to find out why…
What Makes Yoga the Perfect Companion to Skiing?
For regular skiers, repetitive movements can place strain on certain muscles. The combination of deep stretches and strengthening poses that make up yoga can do wonders for easing sore muscles and preparing your body for the slopes.
Thorough stretching can help reduce the risk of injury to your muscles and joints, and the balance and control you practice in yoga can greatly improve your skiing technique.
In addition to the physical benefits, yoga is also a great stress reliever and could provide comfort to nervous skiers!
The Best Yoga Poses for Skiers
The great thing about a good yoga session, is that it works on all parts of the body. You can even tailor the poses to suit your specific needs or pain points. Just 10 minutes of yoga a day could make a big difference to the way you feel on the slopes!
Here are some targeted poses to try;
Skiing can be tough on the legs. Luckily, there are some great yoga poses designed to strengthen and elongate the leg muscles.
For thigh strengthening;
- High lunge
- Chair pose
- Garland pose (yogi squat)
Good core strength is essential for skiers. Without this base, you are at risk of back injury and problems with balance.
For core strength;
- Boat post
- Plank pose
- Side plank pose
Balance and flexibility are key to perfecting your skiing technique. Thankfully, these are at the core of most yoga practices.
For balance and flexibility;
- Forward bend
- Tree pose
- Warrior III pose
The Best Yoga Spots in the French Alps
Luckily, the world of skiing is waking up to the benefits of yoga for skiers and snowboarders. Ski resorts across the Alps are investing in yoga classes and other holistic wellness therapies to benefit their skiers.
In the French Alps, two ski resorts stand out as having the best selection of yoga classes and wellbeing facilities; Meribel and Courchevel.
Courchevel Ski Resort
Courchevel is often referred to as the celebrity skiing destination. But it’s not all glitzy bars and restaurants. Thanks to the high-class clientele, there is a fantastic range of wellbeing services on offer. From yoga and Pilates to massage, you can truly relax and chill out after a day on the slopes here.
Meribel Ski Resort
The picturesque ski resort of Meribel is home to pretty wooden ski chalets, great fine dining and excellent wellbeing facilities. Most of the luxury ski chalets can arrange for wellbeing practitioners and yoga teachers to pay you a visit at your accommodation.
Enjoy a Private Class in Your Ski Chalet
A luxury ski chalet provides the perfect, blissful setting for you to fully relax in. Alpine Infusion offer a range of luxury catered ski chalets in Meribel and Courchevel. Complete with elegant therapy rooms, professional chefs on hand and roaring log fires, a skiing holiday with Alpine Infusion is one to remember.