5 Yoga Poses for Cyclists

Whether you bike-commute to work, cycle your stress away, or ride for the love of the sport, cycling is a great form of exercise. However, with cycling comes a multitude of body imbalances. The key is to identify these asymmetries and address them before they become a serious injury.

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Cyclists tend to:

  • Forward bend in their trunk
  • Become obsessive and ride for miles and miles
  • Collapse their shoulders
  • Have tight hip flexors
  • Overuse of their ankles

To counter act these typical cycling issues, do these five yoga poses to ride longer and stronger.

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Open Chest Stretch on the Ball

What it does:

  • Stretches the chest
  • Enables increased lung capacity
  • Makes your body more oxygenated so you can ride longer 

Do this before or after your bike ride. Hold the pose up to five minutes

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Face Down Shoulder Stretch

What it does:

  • Opens the anterior deltoids (front of the shoulders). 

In other words, this pose helps open your posture when you are off the bike.  Hold this pose for two to three minutes on each side.

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About the Author

Gwen Lawrence

Gwen Lawrence has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instruction and her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program www.poweryogaforsports.com. Gwen is the yoga instructor for several New York Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the Pace University baseball team; as well as many youth teams in a variety of sports. She is also the official spokesperson for AFRIN PureSea.

Gwen Lawrence has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instruction and her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program www.poweryogaforsports.com. Gwen is the yoga instructor for several New York Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the Pace University baseball team; as well as many youth teams in a variety of sports. She is also the official spokesperson for AFRIN PureSea.

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