Yoga & Mountain Biking

A lot of people are pretty skeptical over yoga… I used to be one of those people myself! But I hold my hands up, I was wrong!

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1. It clears your head!

Yoga helps clear your head an allows you to concentrate better! If your head is focused on all the worries of the day you aren’t concentrating on the trail in front of you, which means you are more prone to crashing, therefore more likely to hurt yourself.

2. Relieves the Tension of Riding

Mountain Biking is great, but there is no question that the tension we evoke on bodies through it can leave us feeling very tense & strained. Yoga helps to relieve that tension and allows you to keep a good range of motion in your joints.

3. Practicing Yoga Helps Improve your Flexibility

The more flexible you are the greater control you are going to have on your bike!

4, Improved Balance 

With focus comes balance. Improved by practicing Yoga – essential for Mountain Biking. In Yoga we learn to use our focus to improve our sense of balance. Practicing balancing also tends to strengthen up core muscles and helps the body start to understand how to balance – the muscles remember what to do.

5.Improves Lung Capacity & Helps

Yoga generally improves posture which helps increase lung capacity by giving more freedom and space in the ribcage, upper chest, and upper back.  Yoga also teaches us to control our breathing and to keep the breath calm and steady during difficult and uncomfortable postures. Yogic text the Hatha Yoga Pradipika says “When the Breath is Steady so is the Mind” and as most Mountain Bikers will know it is really important to stay relax when you are riding technical steep terrain. Yoga helps teach us how to stay connected to our breath.

Young woman silhouette practicing yoga on the sea beach at sunset - CC Image from Flickr
Young woman silhouette practicing yoga on the sea beach at sunset – CC Image from Flickr

This article was provided by a third party source, who isn’t a qualifies instructor.

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