Paddling—whether in flatwater or whitewater—can stiffen the shoulders from constant rotation, the obliques from twisting, and the hips from stabilizing the body in the kayak. Strengthening and opening those trouble spots can increase your endurance and efficiency.
The following four poses create space in the muscles and help develop postural integrity so that you can keep your form longer. And, thus, reach the real goal: spending more time out on the water.
Twisting Core Series:
Josh Schrei is a yoga teacher at Body in Santa Fe, NM, and an endurance athlete. He placed 10th among 40- to 49-year-old males in the Jemez 50K Trail Race last year. In October, he’s planning to do 3,000 sun salutations around South India’s sacred Arunachala mountain to raise money for Water.org.