Anyone doing cycling specific Yoga?

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iheartbianchi
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by iheartbianchi

Cord1138 wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:17 pm
iheartbianchi wrote:
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:59 am
Stretching (which includes yoga) is always a good thing, assuming you have the time for it. Increased flexibility can make your rides more comfortable, make your recoveries easier (not faster though) and generally make you feel better overall.

Another thing I would highly recommend is a structured core muscle regime. In that regards, if you are looking for some "formal" class type activity, and you can't do both yoga and something else, I would highly recommend pilates.

Not only do pilates work your core muscles, but also other muscle groups and supporting tissues that you use in cycling. These have a direct and significant impact on your ability on the bike. There is also a fair bit of stretching involved which ticks off some of what you are looking for out of yoga. After several sessions you will have learned enough to be able to do several of the exercises alone at home.
Thanks, makes sense. I have been told I need to get some flexibility to be able to ride better in the drops, at the moment my bars are quite high. So hoping the stretching will help with this.
Flexibility alone won't help you in the drops unless you have a strong core to maintain that position and effectively transfer power. The core creates a stable platform for your legs to do work and maintain the aero position. Obviously having a gut really hurts in the drops as well :)
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kytyree
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by kytyree

Yoga has quite a bit of stability and core work in the sequences, plenty of planks, stability, twisting motions...

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by Cord1138

iheartbianchi wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:40 am

Flexibility alone won't help you in the drops unless you have a strong core to maintain that position and effectively transfer power. The core creates a stable platform for your legs to do work and maintain the aero position. Obviously having a gut really hurts in the drops as well :)
Indeed :lol: it is a combination of flexibility and strength. I guess I was hoping to learn from others as to what has worked for them. I also do find Yoga does work the core, but it's not the primary focus, so some supplemental exercises help I think. Thanks for your pointers and the others who have contributed to this thread.

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by ninjabrewer

I've been doing yoga and stretching for yrs, its the one thing that has helped my lower back, along with a chiropractor and a inversion table (Teeter). The one that I have doing is Badyogi.com, does a little bit of everything, although it isn't sport specific, and most are about 30 min long. YMMV

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by Dannnnn

I use the downdog app.
It's more generic yoga than anything specific but I have it set to flexibility and core strength focus.

Definately noticed a difference with how well I recover, my overally flexiblity and power have increased.
The core strength and flexibility has made me much more comfortable on the bike too.

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