Sort out Your Cycling Chakras

By YoGoGirls

Model: Michael Palumbo

Hunched over a bicycle frame with your back curved, chest closed and shoulders pinched while your legs are locked into pedals making a repetitive, forward motion? Yoga is a powerful solution to the tightness induced by time spent in the saddle.

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The earth his yoga mat, and his kit his yoga clothes, we caught up with our friend and yoga teacher, Michael Palumbo, in the woods this morning warming up with a dynamic flow. (Witness the flow on Bicycling Magazine’s Instagram – @bicyclingmag.) If you have been under the impression that yoga is a ladies-only thing, and that you have to bring a mat to a classroom to incorporate its benefits into your life, YoGoGirls is here to tell you it’s accessible anywhere and absolutely worth it.

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These images show static stretches that are best post ride and should be held for about 20-30 seconds each side to best assist your body. Taking these few moments to lengthen your muscles can alleviate tightness that could allow you to get back in that saddle sooner. Dynamic stretches that involve movement rather than holding a static position are most effective before a bike ride because they warm up your muscles and joints and help prime them.

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Your body can only improve from proper stretching. Sunrise yoga poses like these can awaken the intercostal muscles and connective tissue surrounding your rib cage, thereby increasing your lung capacity. Practice and see. Even as you sit in a chair reading this, try lengthening your torso up toward the sky while expanding your rib cage from the bottom up with a notably longer inhale, then slowly exhaling from the top down. Do this for 4 or 5 breaths and enjoy the rewards of this simple yoga move – connecting to your breath.

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Stretches that lengthen the side body and front of the chest can help expand your chest and assist your performance in all physical activities.

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Yoga is a full-body workout that creates both strength and flexibility. We thank you for taking time to read this article and would like to hear how yoga helps you as a cyclist anytime. Email us: debby@yogogirls.com & michelle@yogogirls.com with the good news!

 

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