The Best Yoga Poses For Kayakers: Down Dog Twist

A strong trunk is the key to efficient paddling. These four poses will help get you there.

Jun 15, 2012
Outside Magazine
Down Dog Twist

Down Dog Twist    Photo: BODY of Santa Fe

1. Come into Downward-Facing Dog.
2. Bring the right hand to the outside of the left ankle.
3. Lengthen the right side of the body, relax the neck, and take the gaze up under the left side of the body.
4. Hold for 30 seconds.
5. Repeat on opposite side for 30 seconds. 

THE REASON: Down Dog Twist lengthens and strengthens the entire side of the body—through the muscles of the side ribcage, and in the abdominal obliques—and sets up the necessary alignment for better kayaking posture.