Read: 5 Cross-Training Poses for Winter Endurance Sports

Revolved chairIs there a ski trip in your near future, or snow outside your window? My latest piece for Yoga Journal features poses to complement your winter sports.

As you head out into the snowy wonderland for winter endurance sports like skiing and snowshoeing, be sure to bring yoga with you. Yoga helps you develop the focus, breath awareness, and balance you need to stay present and healthy all winter. The repetitive, rhythmic movement of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing helps you develop dharana, single-pointed concentration. (Try using a mantraas you move.) The movement of your body coordinates with the movement of your breath, and the entire trek can become a meditation in motion.

Asana will help, too. The following poses lengthen and strengthen your body for better performance and enjoyment of winter sports. This sequence releases your upper body and builds stability in your lower body. It focuses on the glutes, which power your pushoff; the hip flexors, which initiate the next step; and the lower leg, which has to stay stable and engaged over uneven surfaces inside winter boots.

Read the full piece and view the slideshow here. There’s also a video showing how to flow from pose to pose. Enjoy the snow!