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Yoga for Surfers II: Fluid Power Voted Top Yoga Video!

Wow — check out this Yoga for Surfers review from http://isurf.com –  where Yoga for Surfers II: Fluid Power is voted the favorite out of 34 yoga/exercise DVDs!

Here’s just a snippet of what you’ll read:

“Why pick Yoga for Surfers II (YFS II) over the other three DVDs in the series, you ask? The staffers diligently, and (ahem) masterfully, followed all four of the yoga DVD series for four weeks and afterwards uninamously voted on reviewing the YFS II DVD as the overall best fit for all levels of surfers – despite the YFS 4 DVD being titled “board sports”. (In all honesty, two of the staffers were YFS followers, one having been following the training daily for over 3 years while the other performing 2 to 3 sessions a week over the last 2 years!)”

Thanks, iSurf! So glad to know that my YFS programs have had such a positive impact!

Read the entire review here, then surf on over to www.YogaforSurfers.com to get the goods!

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Secrets to a Good Down-Dog — Yoga for Surfers Style!

World Champion Tom Carroll and Peggy Hall

World Champion Tom Carroll and Peggy Hall demonstrate Down Dog - Yoga for Surfers style!

Down Dog is one of the most popular and beneficial yoga poses for a good reason: it really works!

Down dog opens the shoulders, stretches the spine, lengthens the hamstrings, gets rid of back pain, clears the mind, and is one of the best anti-aging poses in yoga as it reverses the effects of gravity and floods the brain, skin, and scalp with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood!

Click here to watch my Down Dog demonstration and explanation (From Yoga for Board Sports).

The problem is that down dog can be a tricky pose to execute — and a lot of people (who do it incorrectly) experience pain in their wrists, elbows or shoulders.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of how to do down dog properly!

I’m here to show you exactly how to do a great down dog — without any pain or discomfort! Work this one into your regular Yoga for Surfers routine, and you will be amazed at how much better you feel!

The Sanskrit name for down dog is ahdo mukha svanasana.

Follow along in the clip below as I explain and demonstrate exactly how to do a down dog that feels great and is good for you, too! (You’ll see my hubby David doing it, too — and he’s the one who actually got me into yoga over 10 years ago!)

Click here to watch my Down Dog demonstration and explanation (From Yoga for Board Sports).

For more sample surf stretch video clips, sign up at www.YogaforSurfers.com

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What Your Mom Knows About Catching More Waves

Do you know the fastest and easiest way to catch more waves? Right now? During your very next session?

Well, it could be to paddle harder…drop in later…take off deeper… keep your head up…look down the line… And well, yes, all those tips are great and they will help you catch more waves.

But, the fastest and easiest way to catch more waves during your very next session, is to listen to mom. She was right! You need to sit up straight. On your board. What? That’s it? Yep — you see, when you slouch on your board while waiting between sets, you’re preventing yourself from surfing as well as you could. Know why? For starters, you’re straining your back and neck, leading to early fatigue and a general sense of lethargy. Go ahead — try it right now. Slouch. Let your shoulders slump forward, round your back, and jut out your chin. How do you feel? Probably not stoked for surfing.

Okay, now sit up straight and draw your shoulders back so they’re lined up over your hips, not your thighs. Lengthen your spine by reaching your ribcage up and away from your hip bones. Don’t arch your back — just keep it nice and straight.

Now squeeze your shoulder blades together drop your shoulders away from your ears. Stop jutting out your chin and instead imagine the top of your head reaching toward the sky.

Now b-r-e-a-t-h-e …slowly, deeply, easily. No forcing or straining. Really expand your abdomen and chest as you inhale, and then let go of all the air as you exhale.

There — don’t you feel better already?

When you slump and slouch, you can’t fill your lungs with energy-producing oxygen.

And when you don’t have enough energy, you can’t catch as many waves.

But when you sit up straight on your board between sets, you’ll reduce fatigue, prevent aches and pains in your back and neck, increase your flow of oxygen and energy — and increase your feelings of confidence and competence.

Bonus: when you sit taller, you’ll be able to see the sets coming in even better.

Try it out and let me know how it goes, okay?

And check out this clip from Yoga for Surfers III, where surf heroes Tom Carroll, Brian Conley and Garrett McNamara demonstrate their perfect posture.

Then go claim more free yoga stretches for surfing right here: www.yogaforsurfers.com

Coming up next, more tips on heavy breathing!

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Is it Okay to Stretch Before Surfing?

There seems to be some debate as to whether you’re supposed to “stretch” before going surfing or not.

I actually agree with those who say you shouldn’t stretch before surfing.

Save this one for days you don't surf

Save this one for days you don't surf

What? What’s that? Don’t stretch?

I know this might seem funny coming from yours truly, the Yoga for Surfers guru — but please, hear me out.

Here’s the deal: it’s a good idea — no wait,  it’s a great idea — to warm up before you go surfing, but that is entirely different than doing deep stretches. You want to save those for after surfing.

If you’ve done the pre-surf session of Yoga for Surfers I or Yoga for Board Sports then you know that the moves I recommend are designed to get your blood flowing and your muscles warm so you’ll be able to paddle out with more energy and ease. You’ll also do some deep breathing to oxygenate your body and your muscles, creating more energy.

But perhaps most important of all is that taking a few minutes to warm up before you surf will also give you the chance to get your mental focus going so you can prepare for your best session  — every time.

Here’s a great move you can do to start getting the blood moving. This “torso sway” warms up your back, shoulders and hips and can be done anywhere, anytime. Even if it’s the only thing you do before paddling out, it will help.

Click here to watch torso sway warm-up

But if you want an even greater edge, then you owe it to yourself to the best pre-ride moves (just like the pros do). You can get your free yoga stretches for surfing right here.

And then let me know what you think!

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