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Vinyasa Yoga

February 3rd, 2008 · 8 Comments

Ben

(photo – ben doing pre-surf yoga inspired stretches in costa rica)

I’ve committed myself to trying something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time, Vinyasa Yoga (self practice).

I’m now 3 weeks in, on a 6 day schedule per week (about 45 minutes per session). It’s already getting easier and I can 100% feel the results – but I admit the first couple full sessions were very hard.

The short term goal is to condition myself for a surf trip in the spring and the spring surfing in NE. The long term goal; not quite sure yet. I’ll post an update on week 6 and week 9.

I have Marc to thank for for passing me “Yoga for Surfers II” which I’ve been working off and slowly adding too.

A bit more about Vinyasa method of Ashtanga Yoga …

“This style of yoga is characterized by a focus on vinyasa, or a dynamic connecting posture, that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. The vinyasa ‘flow’ is a variant of S?rya namask?ra, the Sun Salutation. The whole practice is defined by six specific series of postures, always done in the same order, combined with specific breathing patterns (ujjayi breathing).

A standard Vinyasa consists of the flow from chaturanga, or plank, to chaturanga dandasana, or low plank, to urdhva mukha svanasana (Upward-facing dog), to adho mukha svanasana, or Downward-facing dog. The purpose of vinyasa is to create heat in the body, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. It also improves flexibility, as well as tendon and hard tissue strength, allowing the student to practice advanced asanas with reduced risk of injury.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtanga_Vinyasa_Yoga

Yoga for Surfers

Tags: surf + skate + snow · thinking + zen

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ed Fladung // Feb 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Marcia and I have been looking for a good yoga dvd to self-practice to. this fits the bill 200%. amazon 1-click, done. thanks for the hook-up! we’ll let you know how things go.

  • 2 Steve // Feb 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I can’t recommend it enough Ed !

    It’s very “active” and has a good flow to it – not a lot of stopping to re-position. I’d recommend getting a good non-slip mat if you sweat a lot.

    Have fun.

  • 3 nan-c // Feb 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    don’t forget to sweep the floors first!

  • 4 Steve // Feb 5, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Funny you say that .. this is high motivation to keep your floors spotless and dust free !!

  • 5 Stevey.com → Update: Week 4 of Yoga // Feb 10, 2008 at 10:04 pm

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  • 7 steve Yoga Video DVD dude // Sep 22, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Steve,

    Do you surf? We are also making DVDs on the beach here in San Diego and are looking for yogis to participate . Were you at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica?

    Namaste,

    Steve
    sb@myyogavideo.com

  • 8 Steve // Sep 22, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Steve,

    I do — but I’m way far away in Canada. I had only just started Yoga when I went to Costa. I don’t think I’d ever do a retreat – to structured for me but I did bring my mat along with me last trip to Mexico.

    Thanks and good luck with the DVD.

    S