Time to kill? You could be pre-season ski training, yoga style.
You know, the dreaded line at the supermarket? Well, you might as well use that time to get some pre-season training in. Even though you are wearing shoes, this training tip is an excellent way to find a more stable and balanced stance in your ski boots. After all, it’s all about balance … Start with your feet. To begin, rock back and forth and side to side to find a nice balanced stance. Then come to neutral. Find all four corners of your feet, visualizing the outer and inner edges, the toe side and heel side. Then come onto the knife edge - the pinky toes sides of your feet. Lower your toes and keep the arch lifted. Moving up the body, inwardly spiral your thighs. Engage your legs pulling the kneecaps up. Tuck your pelvis ( your tailbone), which allows your spine to lengthen. Bring your shoulders up and down your back. Move your head over your ears. Tuck your chin slightly. Your arms are by your side and move down as your torso grows tall. Slowly breath in and out though your nose. Match the length of the inhale with the length of the exhale. Don’t short change your exhale. Engage your whole body. You are now standing in Tadasana or mountain pose, the root of all yoga poses. Finding this stable balanced stance can translate into your skiing or help you work out sore muscles after a hard day of skiing/riding. It’s all about the root. So, during the pre-season, spend time training your muscle memory to find that neutral balanced place. Try to remember to always come back to neutral when when the going gets rough (on or off snow) - or you are killing time in the check-out line. Leslie Ross is a G3 athlete team member and founder of Babes in the Backcountry.