Recently, I was talking to my fiance about my yoga practice. Since I have gotten into surfing ( and I’m absolutely in love), my yoga practice has taken somewhat of a backseat. It’s mainly taken a backseat because surfing takes a lot of core strength and arm strength, and my body has been adjusting to the new physical demands. I told my finance that I want to get back into my normal routine of yoga practice (6 times a week). I told my fiance I wanted to recommit myself to my practice and incorporate surfing as well.That’s when he turned to me and said my practice should be called “Surf and Turf”.
When I heard the term I laughed, and then I thought about it. He’s actually right. I practice on the land and in the sea. For me, surfing has a lot of qualities of a yoga practice. I learn and grow in my “surfing practice” every time I go out into the water. You can’t have any expectations of the waves, since the waves are unpredictable, and some days my skills are better than other days. I go into the water with the same mantras I use for my yoga practice, and for me, there is a spiritual component to surfing.
So what is so wrong with adding more practices to my yoga journey? Nothing. The truth of the matter is that my yoga practices will have to change to incorporate the surfing. Now, I don’t know what that means yet, maybe some Yin Yoga classes, but I’m open to where my yoga journey is taking me.
Readers, what other workouts or practices have you grown into? I would love to know!