Yoga & Cycling - The Perfect Combination

As an avid cyclist, climber and yoga teacher I know firsthand how yoga can sit alongside so many other sports.

Cycling gets our heart rate up, gets us outside and shows us amazing views of the country we are in. But after long rides in particular, our quads, thighs and hips (among other parts of our bodies) tend to get a bit stiff from all the power they’ve been putting through the pedals.

After every long ride I get back home and practice yoga, stretching my body back out again.

My muscle recovery is much quicker and stiffness doesn’t set in, leaving my joints smooth and muscles (relatively) pain and fatigue free.

Poses specific to stretching and strengthening the legs and hips help keep the muscles working so they don’t fatigue. It gives them a chance to slowly cool down, developing strength in different ways and allowing the muscles to loosen.

Each person will have a different balance of calm and activity in their personality. Many people who cycle have a balance leaning more towards being active, alert and outgoing, but forget to appease the calm side of their personality.

Much like yin and yang we each have both in fluctuating balance every day, so it is important to attempt to balance them out.

Taking time to slow down, giving ourselves permission to stop, and be present in the body can really help to recharge our batteries. So when we come to our yang exercise again we are fully recovered and can perform better. There’s a reason why so many top athletes swear by yoga!

Slow alignment focused asana (poses) helped build strength and stability in movement, calm and focus the mind and gain more fluid mobility in joints around the body. The stronger and more stable your muscles are the more powerful your riding will be.

Just one hour a week with a yoga instructor will soon leave you with enough to take home to your own mat and bring into your cool down routine post ride.

To take your training further one to ones targeting areas we use most for cycling can really aid overall performance, improve your cool downs and strengthen your muscles.

Come and join me on the mat alternate Monday’s at Little Horwood or contact me to arrange private one 2 one sessions.

Claire Maley

Find out more at https://www.yogiibearclaire.com/

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