A few weeks back, I went to Ithaca, New York and visited Buttermilk Falls, which is this gorgeous state park. We hiked all through the park both days I was there, and it got me thinking. With summer in full swing, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to take a minute to share three essential yoga poses for all of you summer hikers out there.
Yoga for Hiking
1. Triangle Pose - Triangle is great for pre or post hiking because it opens up the entire side body, awakens the core, and provides a nice side body stretch.
2. Rag doll Pose - Rag doll is always a class favorite. It opens up the hamstrings and provides nice relief for the low back, which often gets tight while hiking due to mild sway backs or inactive abs.
3. Goddess Pose Variation - I love this goddess pose variation because it targets in the inner thighs, which are often quite tight, as well as the shoulders, chest and arm area. You also get the added bonus of a little twist there, making this pose detoxifying, invigorating and perfect for pre or post hike.
Let's talk: What activities do you love to do in the summer? What stretches, if any, do you incorporate to prepare or restore your body during or after the activity?