Cycling is the new cardio that everyone is joyously embracing. Other than being a calorie burning sensation, cycling also brings a place of peace and focus. It is also practical as it promotes environmental-friendly commuting. However, the stagnant positioning and repetitive motion of cycling can be demanding and can lead to tight muscles, sore back and posture related problems. So do you ditch cycling? Obviously not! You resort to yoga!
Here are three yoga poses for enhanced balance and enjoyment on the bike:
- Camel Pose:
Cycling inevitably means long hours of sitting and leaning forward to hold the handlebars and camel pose can reverse the damage that hunching is bound to bring.
- Kneel upright in a way that your knees are at a hip distance.
- Rest your hands on the tail of your pelvis and lengthen your back. Make sure you do not squeeze your buttocks while doing this.
- Now lean back as much as you can and try to touch each of your heels with respective palms.
- Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds before you resume the original position.
- Janu Sirsasana:
This pose will massively stretch the glutes, back, and hamstrings so that your body becomes resilient enough to bear the bittersweet cycling experience.
- Sit down with your legs extended.
- Bend your right knee at 90 degrees in a way that your heels touch your left inner thigh.
- As you inhale, raise your hands and exhale as you stretch forward to touch the heels of your left leg.
- Hold the position and breathe steadily before you rise up again.
- Repeat the process with right leg.
You may think why is a basic squat required for better balance but let us burst your bubble. This oh-so-unnatural-yoga-pose will gently coax your pelvis and will aid you to open your lower back.
- All you have to do is widen your legs and try to crunch down imagining there is a chair that you are trying to sit on.
- Once you are in the squat position, hold it for about 10-15 seconds and eventually increase the duration of each passing day.
Yoga can reap unimaginable perks when performed, but when done wrong, it can bring more harm than good. Want to witness the wonders that a combination of yoga and cycling can bring? Hit us up at Healers at Home for unparalleled aid at the comfort of your doorstep!