Whether you are a racer, endurance or commuter cyclist, we spend a lot of time hunched forward over our handlebars and powering the legs, which leads to tight legs and sore backs. Yoga asana is the perfect compliment to cycling; creating body awareness, suppleness in the tissues and flexibility so that the body is able to adapt to new training and recover more quickly. When things are tight we have a higher chance of injury, additionally, tight muscles limit circulation, which increases recovery time.
We will go over the best position on your bike while riding to create stability and agility. Strong athletic movements all originate from a neutral spine position- from this position we can react and adjust to just about any challenge coming our way. The most powerful place to work from is a stabilized neutral spine, which can be found with an optimal pelvic tilt – giving more power to your glutes and hip flexors (don’t worry, we will break this down). We will move through a vinyasa flow for the first portion of the class to get warm and draw attention to these principles, and then slow it down with some softer yin poses to stretch it all out.
As you can tell this is all quite technical. It’s researched, scientific stuff, but the human element of yoga is even more beneficial to your cycling and really your life. Learning to tune in, focus and breathe most effectively is the key to just about any athletic pursuit.
You will be given a post-cycle yoga flow to take home with you to use to take advantage of the heat you’ve created when you cycle and speed up recovery time. This workshop is open to all levels, all degrees of stiffness, the serious or the fair-weather cyclists; everyone is welcome.