Seeing as yoga is all about the union of breath and movement it would be wrong to miss mentioning this key tool in the practice. Breath is also important in surfing of course when you’re being held down after being wiped out. In yoga, a consistent deep inhalation and exhalation help to focus your attention on something constant whilst carrying out the session. Long deep breaths also calm the central nervous system which can help whilst being held down when surfing. So the practice of concentrating on deep long breaths whilst practising both yoga and surfing will help in multiple ways.
Practise: Before the practice of either yoga or surfing take 5 rounds of deep breaths. Inhale for a count of 3, hold the breath at the top for a count of 3, exhale for the count of 3 then hold empty lungs for a count of 3 before repeating. Aim to increase the length of these breaths.
Some experienced yogi monks are able to take a whole minute to complete one breath. This would come in handy to keep calm when taking a few waves on the head!
This Article was written by Anna Young.
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