Now, I'm no yogi or anything. In fact, I tried a yoga class once and felt completely out of place. So I started stretching on my own, using a couple of the stretches I picked up in the class. At first, I'd only stretch a handful of times a week, but I gradually progressed, adding more stretches to my routine and taking each reach a little farther each time. Soon, I was stretching every day, and after a few months, I was as flexible as some of my teenage students at West Coast Camps. Today, I feel leaner, stronger and younger than I did five years ago — I know I sound like an infomercial, but it's true. I can contort my body in ways I couldn't before, which allowed me to freshen up a lot my tricks by adding new grabs, pokes and stuff like that drop knee. More importantly, it's helping me avoid injuries and extend my life on the water.