Yoga-Inspired Moves to Get You Snowboard-Ready

yoga poses for snowboarders
By Fara Rosenzweig

Snowboarding challenges muscles you didn’t even know were used in the sport. Conditioning your body with sport-like movement can prepare small and large muscles for the endurance and impact you take on when on the mountain.

A yoga session uses every muscle in your body, making it one of the most essential cross-training exercises for snowboarders. Besides calming of the mind, yoga offers snowboarders many benefits:

  • Stronger core and leg muscles
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Increased stamina and energy

Before you hit the slopes, do these yoga-inspired moves to warm up the body for snowboarding.

forward fold yoga exercise

Forward Fold

This gentle stretch opens up stiff muscles safely, loosening and lengthening the legs. This gets your legs loose and flexible for a day on the slopes.

half moon yoga pose

Half Moon

Hello legs and ankles. This move tests your balance and stability while strengthening the leg and ankle. This will help prepare the body for twists, turns and jumps while snowboarding.

standing backbend yoga pose

Standing Backbend

A standing backbend opens the chest and shoulders, and strengthens the cardiovascular and systems. This will allow warm up the back and cardio strength, which is needed for a day on the slopes.

chair twist yoga pose

Chair Twist

Warm up your core, quads and glutes, while increasing the flexibility of the spine. This pose is also helpful to boost balance and endurance.

warrior 1 yoga pose

Warrior I

This dynamic, standing pose uses your entire body. It will help open your chest, lungs and hip flexors while you work on balance and strengthen your shoulders, arms, back, thighs, calves and ankles—all muscles that are used when snowboarding.