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June 3, 2013

IMG_3096On Saturday, May 18th TPYC teachers Selda, Pete and myself, Jo, headed down to The Royal Windsor Racecourse to be part of The London Revolution Cycling Event in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer: 2,500 riders took on the challenge of riding 185 miles around London in 2 days (ouch!) and we had the privilege of yogaing with the cyclists after 6 hours in the saddle!
Having cruised past iconic London landmarks, scenic back roads, Olympics sites to Royal Windsor, joMITIEthe cyclists were only too happy to take a rest and lie on a yoga mat. We took it in turns to stretch out the cyclists individually and give their poor hamstrings (hugely shortened after sitting on a bike for so long) lots of tlc/lengthening and to open up their shoulders after having been crouched over the handle bars for hours on end.

Hopefully our hands on yoga method helped a speedyIMG_3091 recovery of legs, backs, shoulders and glutes, and we are hoping TPYC will be invited to return next year for the brilliant yoga/cycling combo and of course to help such a fantastic cause.

You can find some more pictures here, and read about Breakthrough Breast Cancer here.



1) Supta Matsyendrasana: Reclined Spinal Twist supine spinal twist

To counter the hunching over the handle bars, this pose helps to lengthen, relax & realign the spine, whilst stretching the back and the glutes. It also helps to hydrate the spinal disks after cycling, helping you to maintain a healthy mobile spine.


2) Supta Padangusthasana: Reclined Hamstring Stretchhamstretch

The hammies and calves are constantly in use (and not fully extended) during peddling action and are prone to stiffness in cyclists.  This pose lengthens those tight muscles, releasing tension and stiffness.


3)Table Top or All Fours: Shoulder Stretchtwist

Any tightness in the shoulders, caused by hunching, can be released by this simple but effective shoulder stretch. By raising the opposite arm to the lower back or opposite thigh, the stretch can be advanced to open up the chest and front of the body too.
4) Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana (Pigeon): Glute Stretchpigeon

Cyclists need the pigeon like a duck needs water!  The main power of pedaling comes directly from the glutes (as well as the legs and the core). Often the glutes are strong but very tight. Pigeon pose works both the glutes and the hip flexors (which are often tight in cyclists too as the cycling motion never allows the thigh to fully extend). Keeping the hip flexors limber and the glutes stretched is essential to avoid muscle imbalance and prevent post ride stiffness and help alleviate lower back pain.

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