I’ve never met a surfer who said, “Yeah, I don’t need to do yoga. I never have any aches and pains, my lower back feels amazing and my hips are super supple!” What I usually hear is that surfers want to do yoga but they don’t know what to do. They often don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it and they are concerned that consistent practice could get expensive.
A few years ago, I started working with professional mountain bikers who suffered crippling lower back pain from throwing themselves down mountains at high speed. When I moved to the coast and started teaching yoga to surfers, I quickly realised that each extreme sport creates its own particular set of muscular imbalances and postural misalignments. For surfers that is usually compression at the lower back, tight hips and hamstrings, a closed chest, and pain in the neck and shoulders. Luckily, yoga is great at undoing these imbalances and it takes a lot less time than you might think. The key is to do it little and often.
The 15-Minute Routine