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— September 24, 2017

Getting a Leg Up on the Slopes

  • Whether you want to hit the perfect ollie or tuck it downhill, strong legs are essential for all snow sports—and you need to start working on that now.
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Why You Should Do It:

Whether you want to hit the perfect ollie or tuck it downhill, strong legs are essential for all snow sports—and you need to start working on that now. That’s where Chair comes in handy: This pose strengthens your thighs while making your ankles flexible and sturdy. Other reasons to have a seat in Chair include:

» Increasing your lung capacity.

» Stretching your chest and shoulders.

» Improving your posture.

How to Do It:

Start in Mountain: Feet together, standing tall, core energized, arms at your sides, fingers extended. Then:

» Inhale and sweep your arms upward, parallel to each other with the palms facing inward. Reach through your fingertips.

» Exhale and bend your knees, a few inches to make it easier or bringing your thighs as close to horizontal as you can for a deeper Chair.

» Shift your weight onto your heels and keep your knees right above your ankles. Hold for one to five breaths.

Note: Don’t let your tailbone move in or out too much. Also, avoid lifting your heels or letting your feet separate. Variations: For Twisting Chair, inhale and bring your hands into prayer position in front of your chest. Then exhale and twist to the right, keeping your hips square, and bring your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. After one to five breaths, come center, extend your arms, then twist to the left.

Be Careful If: Avoid Chair if you have headaches or insomnia.

 

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