There is no denying the benefits of Yoga for surfers but for those like me who are late to the game or thinking of starting out, what is your advice and how has yoga helped you in both general life and surfing?
The first thing is, you are never too old to start, I was 47 when I stepped into my first official yoga class.
The second is that when you do step in, nobody is actually watching you and it is ok to not be perfect.
Third is try different classes, there are many styles of yoga being taught, some are more meditative, others more fluid or taxing, there is even a style called rage yoga (look it up) which I would eventually love to hold once a week myself.
Yoga has benefit me primarily in giving me a flexibility I have never EVER had. I still can’t touch my toes without bending my knees but I am a hell of a lot closer than I used to be. As far as my surfing is concerned, I have found I am more connected to my board and the wave now, My pop up which has never been graceful is more fluid and snappy getting me into the wave earlier and knowing and trusting my body more I am able to respond to the development of the wave in front of me and not worry about falling over the nose and killing myself.