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.