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11 Reasons Why You Need Yoga for Surfers

1. You’re feeling tired, weak, sore, stiff, slow, heavy or old.

2. You want to surf as well as you know you can.

3. You want to stretch but you’re not sure how.

4. Someone told you that you should do yoga.

5. You don’t want to go to a yoga class with all those other people.

6. You want to get rid of the aches and pains that are slowing you down.

7. You want to catch more waves more easily.

You'll wipe out a lot less when you're doing yoga

You'll wipe out a lot less when you're doing yoga

8. You want to surf with as much energy and endurance as possible.

9. You want to recover faster between sessions.

10. You want to find out for yourself what all the Yoga for Surfers buzz is about.

11. You want to learn yoga from a surfer who is also an inspirational yoga teacher.


You don’t know it yet (or maybe you do?!)  but Yoga for Surfers is going to change your life!

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Garrett McNamara Reveals Secrets to Big-Wave Surfing

From Hawaii to Alaska and everywhere in between, big-wave charger Garrett McNamara puts himself in such heavy situations that we mortals can only look at him in awe — not even envy — unless that is, you like wondering if you’re going to make it through your next surf session alive.

“Some of my friends think I’m a madman. But I like seeking out and surfing the most dangerous waves that I can find,” says McNamara.

How does he do it? What in nature’s name gives this extreme surfing world champion such laser focus, drive, tenacity, toughness and sheer I-Know-I-Can-Do-This confidence? Just exactly what does he do to stay in such amazing shape for big-wave surfing?

I know how he does it.

Now you can find out, too. McNamara himself lays it all out in a just-released video clip right here.

Big-Wave Charger Garrett McNamara surfing in Alaska

Big-Wave Charger Garrett McNamara surfing in Alaska

Listen in as he tells spills his secret weapon for feeling “confident and secure” in life-threatening surf.

The good news is that even if you can’t surf the unfathomable waves that Garrett does, at least you can benefit from one of his training tools.

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S.O.S. for Stuffed Tummies

David and I are heading to his folks’ house for the big meal, and it will be delicious! His mom makes this incredible skillet-style Southern cornbread, and his sister is famous for her orange-ginger-cranberry sauce!

It’s so easy to overeat because everything is so delicious.

But if you’re like me, even though you like to eat, you don’t like to feel uncomfortably stuffed.

Luckily, I have a few tips and tricks for what to do if you’re feeling too full. This is what I call…

S.O.S. for Stuffed Tummies

1. Make sure you only eat what you really love. No need to fill up on all the roasted nuts or crackers and cheese, because you can probably get that any time of the year. But that Southern cornbread stuffing? That’s what I’m going to make room for!

2. If you like to drink, be sure to alternate one glass of water with each glass of alcohol. Not only is alcohol filling (and high in insulin-raising sugar) but it’s also dehydrating.

3. Chew your food really well, and put your fork down between bites. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to catch up with your stomach, so slow down, please! The better you chew, the better your digestion, too.

4. Get up and move after the meal. Help with the dishes, or better yet, go for a walk! We love to walk down to the beach. I think it’ll be low tide this Thursday evening, which makes it even nicer.

Uh-oh: Got stuffed anyway? Don’t worry…

1. Loosen your belt. Restrictive clothing can slow down the digestive process and add to your tummy upset.

2. Take a couple of digestive enzymes to help break down the rich food.

3. Have a fiber drink to help sop up excess ingested fat.

4. Take a liquid calcium-magnesium supplement to calm heartburn and soothe any digestive issues.

5. Sip on a cup of ginger tea to ease any feelings of nausea.

(Buy the supplements at Trader Joe’s or your favorite health food store.)

Feeling better? Good! Now go enjoy some seconds!! It’s the holidays, remember?

Now what are your tips and tricks for surviving the holidays?


P.S. You can listen to Peggy’s radio segment where she gives all her tips for SOS for Stuffed Tummies!  “The Heath and Wellness Clinic with Peggy Hall” is broadcast every Wednesday morning on the ABC Radio Network!

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How To Heal Surfing Injuries Faster

Not that I ever wipe out, mind you — but there are those among us who do get injured while surfing.  And of course, most of us deal with common aches and pains in our back, shoulders, neck, knees, hips and hamstrings.

Luckily, the Yoga for Surfers program helps eliminate and prevent those everyday aches and pains, but once in a while, we over do it and have to stay out of the water for a while.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you heal those injuries faster and get back in the water as soon as possible.

First, be sure you haven’t broken a bone or torn a muscle which might need surgery to repair.  Otherwise, a strain or pull is when the muscle tendon or ligament has been stretched beyond its normal capacity. Yoga can actually aggravate it.

How can you tell? Well, if a muscle feels tight and sore from overuse, then movement and stretching makes it feel better.

On the other hand, if you feel swelling, tenderness and it hurts like hell when you move it, then you’ve most likely got a strain or pull.
In this case, rest is what helps best. Some gentle stretching is fine, just to bring some circulation and healing nutrients to the injured area but avoid doing anything that causes pain.

A strain is not like a “sore” muscle that is fatigued or tight, so it’s not like you can “stretch it out” to make it feel better.

So what can you do to feel better?

  • Make sure to warm up before doing any activity. Do some walking and deep breathing just to get the blood moving.
  • Try ice or heat therapy. Different injuries (and different people!) respond better to one or the other. Warm moist compresses can bring blood to the area but can increase inflammation. Cold packs can reduce swelling and pain. Never put ice or heat directly on the skin! Use a thin towel or sheet for protection.
  • Visualize the area as getting healthy and strong. Let go of any frustration or anger directed at yourself, the injury, or your body. Those thoughts release negative chemicals that delay healing. Say and think the words “I’m healing” and you will!! I know it sounds corny, but it can’t hurt!
  • Work with a physical therapist to see if they suggest any recommended treatment such as ultrasound (can be very effective) therapeutic massage or specific exercises.

Once you’re on the mend, ease your way back in to doing more activity. The Yoga for Surfers program will help you stretch and strengthen all those areas that need special attention.

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If the Westuit Fits…

Well, it’s sad but true: the time has come for donning the wetsuit.

It’s been wonderful “trunkin’ it” all summer — but even at 61 degrees, I need a little neoprene between me and the water. Unfortunately, my good old full suit has seen better days and needs to be replaced.

But the thing is, it’s hard to find a good wetsuit that fits in all the right places.

For some reason, most of the women’s suits are too narrow in the shoulders and too wide in the hips. Hey, wetsuit manufacturers — we’re surfers, remember? Not couch potatoes. What about designing a women’s wetsuit with an athlete in mind, huh?

Geesh. If anyone knows where I can get a 4/3 full suit that’s made for a female surfer, please let me know! It’s starting to get cold out there!


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Searching for Man’s Land

Have you ever had one of those sessions where it seems like you’re paddling around in no-man’s land?

That’s what happened to me this afternoon.

And the thing is, it was 4-6′ and glassy — a perfect fall day in Southern California. I paddled out with David (James showed up later) but I could not track down the peak I was after. It looked like there was a nice left — but wait, there’s a right! — and I found myself chasing down those darn peaks without getting anything in return.

I was, indeed, in no-man’s land.

The good news is the swell is supposed to last for a couple more days. Hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll be right where I want to be: in man’s land.

Hope you are too.

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Where is Cali?

David and I were born and bred in Southern California.

Still, we have never been able to figure out where, exactly, Cali is.

In fact, we had never heard of Cali until it started showing up in surf mags alongside pictures that looked like home.

But around these parts, calling California “Cali” is like calling San Francisco “Frisco”.

It just ain’t done.

In fact, referring to California as Cali just makes you sound like a New Jersey loan shark. (No offense — it’s an inside joke.)

Anyway, just wanted set the record straight!

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