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Yoga for Boaties: Pre-Boating Practice

Yoga for Boaties: Pre-Boating Practice

All people on a boat – whether the owner, crew or guest – are involved with the success of the day’s boating activities. It is important to have stability and coordination, balance, core strength, as there is a maximum range of motions, often in restricted spaces and in varying weather conditions. .

Regular yoga practice helps in increasing sailing, boating and athletic abilities, and in improving endurance both on and off the water. For example, competitive sailing is very complex physically, mentally, mechanically and technically; physical fatigue will limit performance in complex areas. It can also help decrease and manage stress, bring heightened awareness, and help boaties connect with nature.

Yoga is more than the exercise; it is about connecting mind, body and breath, being aware and mindful. You know how good you feel when you stop and take three long deep and slow breaths.

Before any boating activity, there are yoga poses that you can practice to prepare your body for the day’s adventures. The focus should be on the standing strength to prepare for reaching and balance, core strength, and twists. The practice and preparation do not need to be complicated. A small series of standing balance poses, forward bends, back bending (for heart opening), twists, an inversion to change your perspective and view of the world, and relaxation.

Before you begin the practice, it is important to make sure you use a non-slip mat, particularly while doing standing and floor poses. Yoga mats are lightweight and easy to store, so it should not be a problem to take on the boat with you. Always seek medical advice if you have pre-existing health concerns.










By Sandy Cueno

About the instructor – Sandy Cuneo has been practicing for over 10 years. She is a qualified Hatha, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga Levels 1 and 2 teacher. She has completed further training on the spinal anatomy, attended many trainings on breath work, meditation and relaxation. Her husband Bill Cuneo (the model in these series of photos) is a devoted yogi practicing for 8 years, a competitive sailor and a recreational boatie.



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