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Yoga with a Skateboard

During COVID-19, our access to lakes, lagoons, and the ocean were closed. As a result, I created the following exercises to use for SUP Yoga Cross-training. Make sure to practice these exercises on a flat surface. I hope you enjoy.


** Disclaimer: Please practice Ahimsa, Safety, and Common Sense. Sup Yoga Traveler/ Lauren Shimabukuro is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that result from practicing yoga with a skateboard. Thank you


Wearing:  
Karma Collective: https://www.sharethekarma.com/
Wolven: https://wolventhreads.com/
Shoes: https://www.allbirds.com/

First Exercise: Modified Boat Pose

How to:

1) Place the Skateboard upside down on your shins and dorsiflex the feet to keep it in place.

2) Life the legs and try to keep the shins parallel to the ground

3) Option to hold or to twist side to side

4) See Video below for example

Benefits:

Strengthens Core abdominal muscles, hips, and spine.



Second Exercise: Revolved Crescent Lunge to Revolved Chair Pose


How to:

1) Stand in Mountain pose, with the skateboard vertical on the outside of foot

2) Place one foot in the middle of the skateboard

3) Take opposite elbow across outside of thigh

4) Slide back into high lunge

5) See Video below for example

Benefits:

Tones transverse and oblique abs while increasing stamina and improving postural alignment


Third Exercise: Sunbird Variation


How to:

1) Push-up position with the skateboard vertical and foot in the middle of the skateboard

2) Bend knee and straighten for mountain climber

3) Bend opposite knee for modified Sunbird pose

4) See video above for example

Benefits:

Strengthens abdominals, wrists, and spine.


Fourth Exercise: Downward Facing Dog Variation


How to:

1) Push-up position with the skateboard vertical next to feet

2) Place one foot and the other onto the middle of the skateboard

3) Bend both knees to slide skateboard in

4) Lift sit bones high and slide skateboard in for modified Downward Facing Dog

5) See video above for example

Benefits:

Strengthens arms and legs while stretching hamstrings and calves.


Fifth Exercise: Modified Lateral High Knees


How to:

1) Place skateboard on flat surface to the side of modified mountain pose

2) Bend one knee and the next to step over the skateboard

3) See video above for example

Benefits:

Increase cardio, coordination. balance, and flexibility in the hips


Sixth Exercise: Toe Taps



How to:

1) Place skateboard on flat surface horizontally in front of you

2) Bend one knee and lightly tap one toe and the next on the middle of the skateboard

3) See video above for example

Benefits:

Increase cardio, while strengthening glutes, calves, and quadriceps


For a Full Skateboard Yoga class, see the YouTube Video Below:




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