Crazy Like a Daisy
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: North Carolina, USA
Bikes: Giant OCR-3
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I've been a road cyclist for recreation and exercise for a number of years and have practiced yoga consistently now for 3 years. I have noticed that my yoga practice has enhanced my cycling in a number of ways:
1. core strength. with an increase in abdominal strength and tone, I feel like I am better balanced on the bike, have more strength to pull from on the big, long hills and my posture on the bike is better.
2. breathing. I've learned how to get a better breath (breathing in to the back of my lungs, expanding my chest, using my side ribs) which enhances my cycling endurance and help me normalize my breathing especially when I'm working really hard (that steep hill near the airport that i dread).
3. concentration and focus. yoga has taught me to enjoy the moment I'm in, find joy and pleasure in the action that I'm involved in and it helps me especially (again, hills...) when things get physically tough. i feel that i am more aware of my surroundings and am able to enjoy the ride vs. work my through a ride no matter what the course looks like.
4. flexibility. I've found that the yoga stretches after a ride, or after I've spent many days on the bike and muscles are getting tight is very helpful. also yoga practice can help balance out the body work; there are poses and asana's that can address upper body and abdominals while cycling addresses lower body.
I attend class once a week and practice at home. I have a couple of books that I can recommend if you are interested. Also, Yoga Journal magazine is a good resource for not only the experience practitioner, but beginner as well.
that's my experience. Namaste!
Where am I going?......
....and why am I in this handbasket?