Yoga For The Derby Girl - A workout started by a derby girl, for derby girls to gain flexibility, agility and strength. Flexibility is a great necessity in both avoiding and recovering from injury. Agility and Strength will help any derby girl conquer the world on and off the track. With a great knowledge of the muscles and muscle groups targeted by playing roller derby, Syke O’Delic has put together stretches to help derby girls everywhere reach their maximum potential. If you have any specific questions, you can contact Syke O’Delic on facebook (www.facebook.com/SykeOdelic) or the Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls Blog.
DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind, without proper training, alignment, and instruction no one should attempt these poses without understanding there is a possible risk of injury. Syke O’Delic cannot be held responsible for any injuries you bring upon yourself.
Pose of the Week…
aka Garland Pose
WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT IT? This pose helps open the hips, align the spine, strengthen the inner things and biceps. Yogi Squat also stimulates the digestive tract, stretches and strengthens the ankles, and tones the midsection.
WHY SYKE LOVES IT: Mainly for the hip opening properties. If you are trying to master sideways skating and your legs just won’t let you, this pose will help you open your hips to get there. Also, If you experience tension in the lower back, you will feel release by realigning your spine with this pose.
HOW TO GET INTO IT:
1. Squat with your feet as close together as possible. Keep your heels on the floor if you can; otherwise, support them on a folded mat or towel.
2. Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. As you exhale, lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs.
3. Press you elbows against the fleshy part of your inner knees, bringing your palms together in Salutation Seal, and resist the knees into the elbows. This creates resistance and elongates the torso.
4. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then inhale straightening the knees allowing your upper body to hinge at the hips into a forward fold (this is a great stretch for the hamstrings).
More about Syke:
Where did she train? In Orlando, FL under the instruction of Erica Boucher, the founder of Empath Yoga.
How long has Syke been teaching? Syke finished her 200 hour teacher certification and registered with Yoga Alliance in March of 2012. She has been practicing for nearly 10 years.
Can I get some one on one training with Syke? Of course!! Just hit her up on Facebook!
Photos: Phantom Photographics