The French resort Morzine is now offering a trail dedicated to practicing ski yoga. The poses are designed to enhance your communion with the mountains while preparing you for a day on the slopes:
“Explanatory panels placed at regular intervals on this track which gives you the opportunity to enter into communion with this exceptional natural site while preparing you to practice skiing.”For 50 € per person you can get a yogi instructor to take you through the poses as you ski:
“Scheduled for groups of 3 to 6 people, this morning will combine initiation with yoga on ski, to start the week smoothly and prepare for the glide + relaxing break around a drink on a sunny terrace at the restaurant Pointe de Nyon.(included). (+ 1 day Access to the balneo spa area by the pool)”
Whether you like the concept of ski yoga or not you have to admit its a clever way to market some little mellow far off corner of a resort that doesn’t see much traffic anyway. If you do yoga in the snow is it snoga? Namaste.
If you know your yoga may be interested in the poses they offer:
VINYASA – Harmony of breath and movement
On the inhale, lift your arms up to the sky: stretch your body from the tip of your fingers to your heels, and enjoy the lovely feeling of wellbeing. On the exhale, slowly lower the arms back down along your body and anchor yourself to the ground.
Salute to the Sun SURYA NAMASKAR – Energy
Breathe in and lift your arms up to the sky: Feel your spine lengthening.
On the exhale, lean forward with your knees bent until the tip of your fingers touch your skis.
Inhale and slowly get back up, knees bent, unrolling your spine vertebra by vertebra.
Repeat 3 times, paying attention to your body’s temperature.
The Chair UTKATASANA (Middle beginner Lievre bypass) – Strength – Self Confidence
Arms stretched in line with your spine, imagine yourself sitting in a chair slightly away from you: trust yourself and go with the slight backwards disbalance. Now put your palms together and open your heart to the vallee by bringing together your elbow mountain side to your knee valley side.
Hold the posture for about thirty seconds.
Turn your skis the other way and repeat.
Standing forward bend UTTANASANA – Flexibility – Change
Cross your poles behind your back. On a long exhale, bend forward while keeping your back as straight as possible, lifting your arms towards the sky. Feel the stretch on your back. This posture allows an entirely different vision of things and opens your mind to new perspectives.
Downward dog ARDHA MUKHA SVANASANA – Strength – Flexibility
Remove your skis and get down on your hands and knees. On the exhale, lift your buttocks to the sky to create a nice pyramid with your body. Relax your neck muscles and let your head hang, dig your hands and heels in the ground to feel all the benefits of this posture.
The Tree VRKASANA – Balance of mind and body
The tree is a marvellous symbol of grounding force and opening up to the world: First, find this connection to the ground then lift the heel of your ski (mountain side). Stay in this position for a few seconds, then lift your arms up the sky and connect your mind to the natural surroundings.
Turn your skis in the opposite direction and repeat the posture.
Cow face GOMUKHASANA –Flexibility – Open heart
Place one of your poles behind your back, lifting your elbow to the sky. With the other hand, catch the other end of the pole. Open your heart by slowly pulling the pole down.
Half-moon pose ARDHA CHANDRASANA – Strength – Flexibility
Sit in the snow, skis on. Lift your hips up by pushing on your hand (mountain side) and your knee (under). Push your hips forwards. End your half-moon by placing the other arm well above your head.
DHYANA – Meditation
Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. Feel your mind settling and calming with each breath. Once relaxed, take in positive energy with each inhalation, and release negativity with the exhalation.