I first became familiar with kiteboarding while living in South Florida for a number of years. And I took my first kiteboarding lesson in a yoga class. You see, I discovered this incredible yoga spot called Yoga South in Boca Raton. Their classes are top notch and often attracted the likes of professional athletes who were looking to fine tune their performance whether that was on the ball field or in the water.
I met this kiteboarder in class and started to pick his brain about the sport and why the heck he was in yoga class. Turns out that power yoga is incredible and often an integral piece to prepping yourself for kiteboarding.
Kiteboarding is predominately about core control. Master this in yoga, and you will master this out in the water. Then, you need the balance, flexibility, and strength that yoga brings as a result of endless downward dogs and inversions.
If you are just starting out or curious about the sport, focus on these four things before you hit the water....
core, balance, flexiblity, and strength
Soon, you will realize that you are fitter, stronger, more centered and balanced. This alone will have an amazing impact on your kiteboarding experience!
Now you're ready. Or so you thought. If it's your first lesson, don't plan on getting in the water just yet. You'll learn how to control your kite on land and you'll be glad you did. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, review safety methods, and master the control against the winds.
Kite boarding is a huge thrill and tons of fun. After 3 lessons, you should fine yourself in the water. Not necessarily surfing, but surely being taken for a ride!
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