Yoga for Cyclists
Did you know that yoga can improve your cycling performance?
Efficient oxygen intake!
Good breathing is vital, especially when you request endurance performance from your body. Yoga helps you to optimize the ratio between muscles used for a single breath and the amount of oxygen you take in with it.
Avoid pain during long rides
You are in a pretty static bent-over position on your bike, hips and lower back become tight. Yoga can help loosen these muscles, as well as strengthen them. Strong muscles will support your body during long rides and neck, shoulder and back pain get minimized.
Your core, neck and shoulders get stretched and strengthened during your yoga practice, from which you will benefit particularly during your long rides.
The asana (posture) practice in yoga offers a big variety of standing poses, those will strengthen your legs from the big toe to the hips. And sometimes you find some muscles during your yoga practice you haven’t even heard of yet.
Meditation has been shown to improve focus, willpower and awareness. Riding at a fast pace can be dangerous. An aware mind can be crucial to stay safe on your bike. To win that race you do not only need the strength in your body, a strong mind and willpower will get you that extra power you needed to beat your competition.