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So many action sports require good balance. It doesn't matter if you're a surfer, a climber and skier or a cyclist, a good centre of gravity and practiced balance is always a good thing to have.

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Many people think that good balance is something you either do or do not have, but that just not true. While some people do have more natural balance ,anyone can reach a good level.

Yoga is an amazing way to increase your balance and become more aware of your body in general. Awesome yoga guru Abi Carver designs routines specifically for different areas of training and has put together a yoga for balance routine for us to practice!

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yoga mat in class

"Having a good sense of balance is going to give you an advantage in every sport, and in yoga, you have the added benefit of challenging your balancing skills barefoot" says Abi.

"You have motion detectors in your feet that pick up subtle movements as your balance shifts. Practicing barefoot trains these proprioceptors, making them more effective and consequently your movements more precise. It also strengthens the feet and lower legs and improves flexibility and range of motion.'

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There are many ways to help recovery after a day of impactful exercise, to prevent pain and stiffness on the following day and build your balance and strength.

As well as trying this vinyasa yoga routine, athletes often try and consume foods that aid recovery from the inside. People who drink cherry juice after endurance training, experience less inflammation and oxidative stress compared to those who didn’t.

We suggest drinking a full glass of cherry juice and taking time out to practice this routine both after a hard day adventuring and in the mornings before you head out!

Love this routine? You can download Abi's full balance series here

Yoga Balance Challenge from Abi Carver on Vimeo.