If you, or someone you know, is a keen, or even less than keen (!), athlete, there are some useful yoga poses that can help with strengthening, improving flexibility and stretching muscles after a long cycle ride, run, swim or other similar exercise.
Local (to me) yoga teacher Polly Clark has recently completed a series of videos of yoga poses for Total Women’s Cycling. Even if you’re not a cyclist, or a woman, the videos are really nicely presented, with very clear verbal instructions from Polly. There is also written information on the benefits of each pose and written instructions of how to do them. So if you’ve ever wondered how to do certain poses, check them out!
The individual poses are:
- cat/cow pose
- half lord of the fishes pose
- pigeon pose
- crescent moon pose – normal and with twist
- thread the needle – on all fours (arm stretch)
- thread the needle – on back (legs stretch)
- plank pose
- downward facing dog pose
- reclining big toe pose
Polly also runs mountain biking (or walking) and yoga weekends in Wales, which I can personally recommend.
The next post on here will be a short video of me doing some shoulder stretches. The filming quality is not half as good as these ones though!