The Best Yoga Moves For Skiing

Are you hitting the slopes this winter? You might see it as just a fun way to enjoy the snowy sites, but it’s also a tough workout that will challenge your legs, arms and core muscles. Whether you’re a seasoned skier, or new to the sport, you could always benefit from a bit of preparatory work to get you skiing fit.

Wall sits and oblique exercises may come to mind when you first think of skiing exercises, but have you ever though about the benefits yoga could pose? With isometric (static) movements that strengthen your legs and arms, twists and balances that challenge your core, yoga is a brilliant way to get yourself ready for the piste.

VIP Ski, operators of luxury chalets throughout France, Switzerland and Austria (which look amazing, by the way!), asked me to put together my top yoga moves for skiing to help you get ready for your winter break – check them out below, and watch my YouTube video for the full flow!

7 Best Yoga Moves for Skiers

VIP Ski Yoga Moves

Chair Pose

Strengthens legs, mobilises ankles, aids posture.

  • Standing tall, feet together, sweep your arms up and sink into a partial squat, keeping your knees together.
  • Gaze ahead or up between your hands and hold for 5 breaths.

Twisting Chair

Strengthens legs, mobilises spine, challenges balance.

  • From chair pose, twist round to the left, bringing your hands together to prayer.
  • Anchor your right elbow to the outside of your left knee and use it to pull yourself further into the twist.
  • Hold for 5 breaths, then repeat on the other side.

Flying Lunge

Strengthens legs and arms, mobilises hips and ankles, lengthens spine.

  • Take a big step forward and drop your back heel so your foot is at 45 degrees.
  • Sink forward into your front leg, keeping your knee tracking over your toes, not rolling inwards.
  • Sweep your arms forward and reach up, gazing ahead or between your hands.
  • Hold for 2-3 breaths, then sweep your arms back, keeping your palms facing and squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Warrior Three

Strengthens legs, challenges balance and core strength.

  • Keeping the weight on your front leg, pick your back leg up off the ground and tilt forwards from the pelvis so your body is parallel with the ground. 
  • Keep your arms out in front, palms facing, and look between your hands.
  • Look to a fixed point to help you balance.
  • Hold for 5 breaths.
  • Repeat Flying Lunge and Warrior Three on the other side.

Triangle Pose

Mobilises spine and hips, encourages balance.

  • Take a small step to the side with your left foot. Your left foot should face the front of the mat, and your heel should be in line with the middle of your right foot.
  • Twist from the waist and lower your left arm to your left shin. Stretch your right arm directly up and try to open up the chest so your upper body is facing forwards.
  • Hold for 5 breaths and repeat on the other side.

Tree Pose

Strengthens standing leg, opens up hips and challenges balance.

  • Standing at the end of your mat, shift your weight into your right leg. Lift your left leg and place the sole of your foot onto the inside of your right thigh or shin – but not on your knee!
  • Open up the hip – your left knee should be pointing out to the side – and try to keep the hips level.
  • Put your hands to prayer, or hold them out to the side for balance.
  • Hold for 5 breaths and repeat on the other side.

Pigeon Stretch

Stretches and mobilises the hip joint.

  • From downward dog, lift your left leg and sweep it forwards to place your shin behind your hands – try to lay your leg so that your shin is parallel to your hand position.
  • Shuffle your back leg further back to deepen the stretch in your hips and, if you want to, lay your upper body over your front leg.
  • Hold for 5 breaths, relaxing into the pose, and repeat on the other side.

Full Yoga for Skiing Sequence

To watch the full sequence, check out my YouTube video below – of course I finish in Savasana… one of the best things about yoga!

I hope you enjoyed my yoga sequence – let me know in the comments if you did, or if you plan to use it – I’d especially love to hear from you if you’ll be going skiing! Unfortunately I won’t be hitting the slopes any time soon, but I’d still do this sequence as I could always do with stronger legs and more mobile hips and ankles

Disclaimer – this is a sponsored post for VIP Ski. All content and editorial control are mine.

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