Yoga for Helping the Roll

Yoga for Helping the Roll

A while back Sharon Myers mentioned doing side planks. I didn’t know she was building anything with boards!  Turns out it had something to do with yoga.

I’ve been doing sit-ups & hamstring stretches for 30 years but have “total idiot” status when it comes to yoga.  Anyway, Sharon had started doing these things and said that it seemed to help her kayak roll in addition to being good for the back.  Now I’m paying attention. What she described seems to be the beginners level of side planks.  The knees are bent and the body is supported using the elbow rather than the hand.

Matt and the modified side plank

Matt and the modified side plank

This way there is no lateral pressure on the knee, no pressure on the wrist & it’s easy on the back. I’ve added sideways leg lifts to my sequence also. Sharon suggested 3 sets, held for 30 seconds each time. I started with 15 seconds.

Adding Leg Lifts to Improve Rolling

Adding Leg Lifts to Improve Rolling

I had been doing this for about 3 1/2 weeks and noticed that my kayak roll seemed to have a bit more snap without really any more effort. The rim was tapping my ribs with each roll. But then again, maybe it was just one of those “good” rolling sessions. Some better than others. This past Saturday on the Tuck, it was hot & I rolled to cool off. Bam. There is the rim in the ribs again. I’m starting to think this side plank stuff (along with sit-ups & stretches) has some definite boating benefits. Especially for those of us that are over 25.