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How to Get Rid of Back Pain for Surfing

Do gentle stretching before paddling out to keep your back flexible. Never force or strain!!

Surfer Dean (who follows the Yoga for Surfers DVD series) just emailed me this:

Just got this email from a YFS-er, Dean, who writes:
HAY PEGGY
hay the dvds are great..
i am just doing board sports yoga ..post ride most off the time…
i have busted both my ankles before an prolapsed a disc in my lower back..
i have diffeculty doing some of the poses ..iam only doing them till the likes off my hammys
start to go tight..would you recomend any poses in particular..
my ankles are ok …my back has to be looked after….
i surf an snowboard…an even better our mt opens this weekend in nz..
keen as for any ideas you have…
i have been doin yoga for 3ta 4 weeks now… am feeling way more relaxed
an looser in my back….
cheers dean

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And here’s my response:
Thanks for writing and stoked to hear you’re benefiting from the YFS DVDs!!
So great to know you’re feeling better. For your back, do this:

1. When standing, make sure your feet point straight ahead (not turned out to the sides, which tweaks your back)

2. Wear good shoes with a little padding on the sole; not razor-thin flip-flops (See my recent America Now TV segment here, where I explain why:

The Hidden Cause of Back Pain

3. Don’t eat foods that cause pain flare-ups: salty foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, red meat, dairy (yogurt is ok): focus on fish, walnuts, avocado, all fresh fruit & veg; about 2-3 litres of water daily

4. Don’t sleep on the affected side

5. Listen to the How to Heal Faster CD that came with your program; lots more mind/body techniques there!

hope that helps…P.s> Let me know how you score in N.Z.!!

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Get a Beach Body — Peggy’s SurfGirl Magazine Article

surf girl mag
I wrote the cover article on how to “Get a Beach Babe Body” — with exercises demonstrated by my good friend and fellow surfer Carolyn Ruiz!

We always say that the only thing better than surfing is surfing with your friends — and I’m so grateful for mine!

One night last week about seven of us paddled out (I can hear the groans now about bringing your own crowd …) but we were practically the only ones in the lineup.

Don’t you love it when you’re trading waves with your buddies, hooting for each other and claiming great rides?

Doesn’t get much better than that…

What do you think?!

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