The 30-minute yoga routine every cyclist should try

When I first started encouraging cyclists to try yoga a decade ago, most of them raised their eyebrows or humored me politely. For most bikers, the word “yoga” conjured up images of awkward conversations in rickety village halls, pretzel poses reserved for ultra-humble, mostly female practitioners, and maybe a bit of obscure chanting. Fast forward to 2023 and most pro riders factor in structural stretching sessions at least several times a week, and many practice yoga regularly. So what has changed, and is yoga worth it for recreational cyclists?

Should cyclists do yoga?

Remove the breathing and meditation elements from a typical yoga practice and you have a series of physical postures that systematically work the body in different planes of motion, such as lateral bending, twisting, and extension (side bending, twisting, and back bending in yoga. Talk). This is perfect for getting riders out of their fixed position, relieving stiffness and potential muscle imbalances that can come from hours of sitting in the same position on the bike. Watch a cyclist get off his bike and you’ll notice that he instinctively makes yoga-like moves, such as arching his back with his hands behind his head.

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