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Warm Up & Skate

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Big with a short skating warm up including a few moving stretches or yoga postures being aware of the natural breath. Transition into a mindful skating push and glide rhythm by connecting each stroke with your breath: inhale stroke, exhale stroke. Once a 1:1 relationship has been established between the stroke and breath, begin to focus on the breath in the abdomen. Breathe deeply through your nose and direct the breath to the abdominal region. Continue to breathe this way for as long as possible. Breathing this way will improve oxygenation of the muscles, reducing muscle fatigue and improving breath capacity.