Yoga for Cyclists
Specific Yoga Classes for cyclists, featuring a series of postures developed to meet the physical demands of the sport, ensuring the muscles and joints are prepared, warmed up & stretched out before & after a race, ride, off road or BMX session!
These sessions can be used to target problem areas, build muscle where required, develop breathing techniques to improve performance and focus and assist injury prevention and recovery.
Sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups and can take place online in the comfort of your home, at Jojoba Yoga or out and about wherever you need a bit of a stretch before and/or after your climb/hike/bike/run!
Sessions can be booked in groups of up to 6 people at the studio (more outdoors) and class times can be arranged to suit your needs.
Yoga For Cyclists
Yoga, a practice that dates back many thousands of years, has great benefits for today’s cyclists. At its core, yoga is an exercise for the body and mind that leads to greater aerobic strength, flexibility and focus. Some of the most elite cyclists use yoga as part of a successful training program, including 2012 Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins1. Wiggins’ benefits from the focus it brings to his cycling, while others, such as pro mountain biker and Olympian Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, use yoga to gain strength2. From power to endurance, athletes at all levels are incorporating yoga to gain an edge over the competition, and prevent injury. In this article, we are going to take a look at a few of the many benefits yoga has for cyclists.
Yoga offers many varieties and styles from the slow pace of Hatha yoga, to the fast vigorous pace of Ashtanga yoga. All styles can be beneficial but the most applicable for cyclists are styles that focus on continuous movement. Styles such as Ashtanga, Power, and Kundalini are steady flowing, work through a full range of movements and build great muscle endurance.
Cyclists need to focus on leg strength, which many poses in yoga target, but they also need to focus on flexibility and lower back strength. Cyclists spend most of their time bent forward over the handlebars, which leads to tight hip flexors. Many yoga poses target the hip flexors and lower back, helping to balance muscle strength and prevent injury. Yoga also keeps you focused on a deep and steady breath, forcing you work aerobically. Training your muscles aerobically and learning how to control your breathing are two very important aspects of training and racing for any endurance athlete.
JOANNA COWPER MA, MGHT, IYN
Jojoba Yoga is a Private Yoga practice run by Joanna Cowper MA, MGHT, IYN. Jo is a qualified teacher in Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kids Yogabugs, SOAR Yoga Therapy and Sport Yoga. She has been practising Yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2010.
With a background working in sport, including working on the London 2012 Olympics, Jo now specialises in Sport Yoga adapting yoga classes to suit specific sporting requirements, strengthening, stretching and relaxing the body to assist injury prevention and recovery, ideal for sporting enthusiasts and athletes.
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
“…bright-shirted racers of the Tour de France zoomed by like fantastically bicycling macaws.”