Ice-skating can sometimes resemble asana on ice, and the sport's precise balancing act can be improved by yoga practice. Skating requires strong and sensitive stabilizers, the tiny muscles around the hips, knees, and ankles that standing yoga postures, in particular, enhance. Recreational skaters who lace up a few times a year can gain confidence and help avoid injury through yoga, says Angela Duffy, a yoga teacher and skating coach in Edmonton, Canada, due to the balance, coordination, and strength gained through regular practice.
In the words of Paul Simon, "Slow down, you move too fast" – fitting advice considering more and more of us are working long hours and overtaxing our bodies by not getting enough downtime. While making the moment last may seem like an elusive task, both restorative and yin yoga classes offer a space for students to become still, focused and more mindful.