In the fitness-themed October 2013 issue of Sea Kayaker magazine (now available!), Team Sea Kayaker ambassadors Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer contribute a piece about yoga exercises with specific benefits for sea kayakers’ mind, body and balance. In addition to maintaining roles as award-winning sea kayak industry icons, Helen and Mark are certified yoga aficionados who incorporate Vinyasa yoga courses into their international kayaking academy, GreenlandorBust.org. The duo recently collaborated with Bryant Burkhardt, an ACA certified instructor trainer in whitewater and coastal kayaking, to release their latest instructional DVD, Yoga for Rollers, Kayakers, Climbers and Other Outdoor People. The DVD is now available in the Sea Kayaker Store! Visit our online DVD store or call us at 206-789-9536 to order your copy today!
Want the inside scoop on the DVD and its filming process in the blustery winter weather of England and Whales? Here’s what Helen had to say about it all:
by Helen Wilson
As kayaking instructors who teach rolling a lot, we often hear students comment on their flexibility. We all know that open hips and shoulders and a strong torso help with comfort, endurance and stamina while kayaking. Flexibility is also crucial for the Balance Brace and some of the more technical rolls. Flexibility in a kayak is helpful, and I can’t think of a person out there who would disagree with that point.
Several years ago I decided to make a yoga DVD, and the project sat on the back burner simmering, that is, until Mark, Bryant Burkhardt and myself decided to make the DVD a reality this past winter.
One thing that we needed to decide on was where to film. We wanted somewhere scenic, where kayaking and climbing were an important part of the community. England and Wales seemed like the perfect place.
We ran into several challenges along the way, with weather being the biggest of them. The UK had an unusually cold winter, complete with wind, hail and heavy snow, all of which can make filming a little challenging. We got through it though, and once the filming was done, we all relaxed a little.
The DVD is based on a type of yoga called Vinyasa Flow. It focuses on movement with breath. Helen has been practicing yoga for over 14 years, and is a registered yoga teacher. Mark has a bachelors degree with honors in Sports Science, Health Promotion and Physical Education.
The DVD contains three yoga sequences. Two are full-length, and one is a standing-only mini workout. They are multi-level, with both modifications and variations shown. There is also a breakdown section, which includes detailed breakdowns of some of the poses that require a little more explanation.