You’re sure to find yourself holding your breath when you go out surfing. This is why you’ll want to work on cardio-vascular endurance. You should also try to maximize lung capacity and your body’s comfort with holding your breath. Some legendary big-wave surfers are rumored to have the ability to hold their breath for two or three minutes without being completely freaked out. You don’t want a big wave holding you underwater to be the first time you’re holding your breath. Read the rest of this entry »

Anyone who surfs knows there’s a lot more to it than standing on a board, looking cool and trying to hang five, or maybe even ten. Surfing is hard work. Yet, there are some ways to make it a little easier on your body and soul. Read the rest of this entry »

I remembered the first time I was able to do a headstand by myself. At first I was so afraid of falling that I couldn’t even get my legs up. Once I fell, I realized that it wasn’t so bad, balance came easily. All of the energy I put into avoiding my fear of falling had actually held me back. As soon as I dove into the fear by letting myself fall, I saw that there was nothing to be scared of. This gave me the freedom to ultimately do the pose. Read the rest of this entry »

This morning I took my first surfing lesson. Being a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher, I felt confident that my practice would help me in this new endeavor. When my instructor, Tom, talked about surfing, it sounded a lot like yoga philosophy to me. Read the rest of this entry »