/*23 Breaths: yoga mat*/

Monday, July 21, 2008

yoga mat

As I am currently unemployed I have had the opportunity to surf more, a lot more!

I think I may have mentioned what a great surf vehicle the mat makes when you are checking the surf by bicycle.

A short wetsuit, fins, mat and towel fit nicely in the basket

If you have the time, the surf check by bike is a nice way to go.

Also since I don’t have quite as many commitments I can afford to let the tide come up or go out or simply pedal down the path a ways to see if some other sand bar is working better.

But that is not actually what I wanted to blog about today.

Since I am surfing more it is having more of an effect on me at the physically level.

When I was seventeen the above statement would have meant that I was more tired or was physically more fit.

Unfortunately, time passes and sand shifts...

Now it means that I have to keep up with my yoga practice to keep up with the mat.

I used the phrase “keep up” because I have skipped a day’s practice (or a month's !)in order to pursue other activities.

So the yoga practice is especially important to me now.

First the practice keeps my body in better physical condition.

Second, a post surf practice shows me where my body has been overly stretched and extended. If I find a spot or two that needs some mindful attention I find it during my practice.

This really keeps me on top of my day to day condition and lets me surf more than my advancing years might normally allow.

The combination of a mindful approach and more time in the water has been lots of fun and has even let me progress in my mat surfing.

Breath deep and enjoy the day!

PS Fewer pictures for a while as I am maintaining the blogs with a dial up connection.

3 comments:

Quiver said...

I kinda wish I was unemployed about now. Not that there's anything wrong with the job, it just doesn't give me time to drive 2 hours away on a monday cause that's the closest place with good surf.

I remember living in Santa Cruz, writting my thesis, biking to the beach whenever I felt like it. Mid-morning mid-week sessions with just mellow guys in the water. Feels good to dream it, someday it'll be my life again. Maybe in as little as 2 years to my wife's graduation.

Keep up the bloggin' and let's see some photos. Dial-up schmile-up, start it uploading and go make lunch, that's what I used to do :)

Anonymous said...

Just got my 4th Gear Flyer in the mail today; no surf here in Byron right now so it's sitting there deflated.

Can't wait to get out on it.

I'm in my early 40's and find that the desire to keep fit so I can paddle out is the best motivator. I try and mix up dumbbell routines with yoga/stretching just to keep in shape for surfing.

Have you seen the Yoga for Surfing videos? Haven't really checked them out but might be worth a look.

Anonymous said...

I rented one yoga for surfing vid, it had too much filler. Better to get a regular 40-60 minute yoga video if you practice at home and don't have it all memorized.