RMT Tips To Stay Healthy for Ski Season

RMT Tips To Stay Healthy for Ski Season

There’s a buzz in Whistler that happens at this time every year… the mountain is open and there’s finally snow on the ground in the village! Excitement is in the air and whether you’ve been up the hill or not, it’s nice to welcome ski season back to our little mountain town. So the next thing on everyone’s mind as a skiier or snowboarder is how do I extend my ski season? Or in other words, how can I avoid getting injury and stay healthy this year. We have some great tips from local registered massage therapist (RMT) Stacey Taylor on how to keep yourself healthy over the coming months.    1.) What do you recommend for skiiers and snowboarders to do specifically after a day on the mountain?   Stretch and Hydrate. Stretching out your muscles will help prevent future injury and staying hydrating allows for a quicker recovery so that you can get back at it the next day with less of an impact from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).     2.) What injuries do you see the most from skiiers and snowboarders and what would be the best prevention?   With skiiers, I tend to see a lot of ACL tears. It’s important to maintain strong and balanced quads, hamstrings and gluts when skiing. If a fall happens when a ski is slightly twisted causing torque your knee, ACL tears can occur. Staying strong and most importantly balanced between those syngerist muscles will help to prevent unwanted twisting of the knee. As for Snowboarders, I often see broken wrists with the elbow and shoulder also taking...
Chakra Balance for Skiing & Snowboarding

Chakra Balance for Skiing & Snowboarding

When each chakra is functioning normally it results in a happy, healthy, fully functioning person. There are so many situations where the chakras come into play, and life on the snow is no exception. Finding balance in the energy of each chakra can help you prepare for your next day on the slopes. Unsure of what a chakra is? Simply put: they’re energy centers in the body that affect health and well-being. The 7 chakras have corresponding colors, emotions, intentions, organs, and spiritual states. 1st Chakra (Root or Muladhara) The 1st chakra has to do with stability, security, and basic human nature. Survival instincts are closely linked to this energy center so it’s not surprising it can easily affect a day of shredding. The next time you’re on the mountain, it’s the strength of your root chakra that helps you conquer your fears. What yoga poses to practice: Mountain Pose (Tadasana) Balancing Asana (Tree, Eagle, Dancer) 2nd Chakra (Sacral or Svadisthana) Creative expression, emotional stability and abundance are key parts of this chakra. So what’s its connection to ripping it up on snow? If you’ve ever had a day on the hill that is less than perfect, it’s likely a good test of your 2nd chakra.  Finding bliss and gratitude even when the conditions aren’t ideal encourages this chakra into balance. What yoga poses to practice: Hip openers (butterfly, low lunge, pigeon) Bridge pose 3rd Chakra (Navel or Manipura) The 3rd chakra is home to your self-esteem, confidence, and personal power. On the slopes, this also has a strong connection to facing your fears. Additionally, it ties into that old saying “no friends...
5 Ways to Seek Adventure for your Soul

5 Ways to Seek Adventure for your Soul

Our soul is the essence of our being. It is fueled by our passion and love for life. So what is a soul searcher to do? Find excitement and ignite your spirit! This list is for the life-loving adventurer that’s looking to nourish their soul. 1.) Find Your Passion Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Find what excites you and gives you purpose then find a way to turn that into a life-long career. If you’re lucky enough to have already found that calling, try taking it to the next level, which brings us to the next point… 2.) Take Risks There are lots of ways to take risks. Take the next step in your career, owning more responsibility, going on that trip you’ve always wanted… Staying in a place that’s comfortable can lead to stagnation. Allowing yourself to take risks will help keep that strong spark in your soul. 3.) Seek Adventure Adventure can mean a lot of different things. Whether you’re looking to try a new sport, travel to a different country or simply check out a new hiking trail, your soul will thank you for the new adventure regardless of how big or small it may seem. 4.) Find someone to share it with This can be a significant other, a friend or family member. This someone can be anyone you’re connected to that can elevate you on this new soul searching journey! 5.) Appreciate the little things Finally got to go to Europe? Appreciate that espresso at the little cafe down...
Tips for the Travelling Yogi

Tips for the Travelling Yogi

Written for the Yogacara Yoga Teacher Training Blog By Emily Kane – E-RYT, Studio Owner and Yoga Teacher A sense of wanderlust is pretty common amongst the yoga community. The travelling yogi has developed an appreciation for the world around them, making exploration natural. Being open to new experiences and getting a new perspective is a great way to expand your practice off your mat. The only challenge for a travelling yogi is an unstable environment which can make it difficult to maintain their regular yoga practice. When finding yourself on buses, trains, planes or in different accommodations regularly, it can be tough to keep your routine. Here are some suggestions to help a travelling yogi on the right path. Yoga is not just Asana Yoga is made up of the eight limbs, asana is just one of those limbs. Asana is the physical part of yoga, or all of the poses that are practiced. The other seven limbs are the yamas (ethical restraints), niyamas (self-discipline and spiritual observances), pranayama (breath control), pratyhara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (uninterrupted flow of concentration) and finally, Samadhi (pure bliss). As a travelling yogi, practicing other forms of yoga while on-the-go can be very useful to deepen your practice. A simple way to do this would be practicing pranayama; for instance, ujayyi breathing can be done practically anywhere and anytime. Practicing ujayyi with your eyes closed can withdraw you from any distractions by guiding awareness to your breath, which allows for concentration. Click to read...
Snow Yoga Sequences

Snow Yoga Sequences

Written by Emily Kane – owner and yoga teacher   Skiing and snowboarding is pretty popular this time of year in Whistler Village, especially after a snowfall. Handling powder can be a challenging workout and yet, it still has the qualities of meditation. Its ability to connect you to bliss, nature, yourself and a higher consciousness can make sliding on snow a spiritual experience. The only potential limitation is a body that’s unprepared for the demands, making it difficult to enjoy the ride. So how do you prepare yourself to connect with ease and grace? Snow yoga sequencing can get you ready to take on powder and to start loving pow-days.   My Favorite Snow Yoga Breath: Ujjayi (a.k.a ocean, serpent’s, or victorious breath) When you’re on a cold chairlift, there’s nothing better to calm your mind and heat your body up than ujjayi breathing. Krishnamacharya, one of the founding fathers of modern yoga, said that ujjayi breathing increases oxygenation and builds internal body heat – perfect for a cold day. How to: – Gently tuck your chin and constrict the back of your throat. This creates the “neck lock” a.k.a. Jalandhara bandha – The constriction should be as if you were fogging a mirror, but with your lips closed. Practicing the breath on your inhalation and exhalation. – The breath should be audible to you, or even a person next to you, but the sound is subtle enough to maintain a calm awareness of your breath without disturbing your nervous system You can practice Ujayyi breathing on it’s own in meditation, but it’s also useful during a physical...
Whistler Winter Activities

Whistler Winter Activities

When arriving to town, most people are lured to Whistler Village for the love of skiing or snowboarding, but there are many more Whistler winter activities to enjoy. We’ve even given a few options in case the snow conditions aren’t ideal. Whether you’re looking for some fun in the snow, or to relax while on vacation – there are lots of options for Whistler winter activities to choose from. 1.) Get on the mountain! Yes, most people come here for skiing and snowboarding but there are other Whistler winter activities up on Whistler Blackcomb than just sliding around on snow! Get on the peak-to-peak or try something new you’ve never experienced. The mountain offers guided tours, on mountain dining, courses and more! Looking to tune up your skills? Try a lesson. Want to get into the backcountry some day? Try taking an avalanche course. The options are endless. For more information check out Whistler Blackcomb’s site 2.) Try Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing Even when there’s less snow than we’d like there to be, the Callaghan Valley tends to be open for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. It’s a fun way to get out in the fresh air and do something different. It’s also a great way to get active while enjoying the outdoors. Ski Callaghan is just south of Whistler making it a great addition to any winter activity. 3.) Ziplining There are a few different options to do fun ziplining tours in Whistler. Breathtaking views and a connection to nature, what more could you ask for? The guides are friendly and reassuring to make it a pleasant...
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