As a cyclist or runner, you need to stay healthy, increase performance, and build strength, stability, and mobility.
Yoga can be a very effective tool for or even alternative to strength training, especially if you don’t want to get to a gym or in addition to a gym program.
This Yoga Strength for Everyday Athletes course builds strength isometrically stressing key muscle groups. And since isometric stress – or squeezing the muscles – doesn’t create as much damage as traditional strength training, you can do these sessions all year, including during your race season.
Yoga Strength course has an instruction video and sequence video
Each Yoga Strength class contains a warmup, a hip and leg sequence, a core sequence, and a cool down.
The poses focus on hip and leg strength, core strength and stability, and balance.
Each Yoga Strength class has two videos: the first is an explanation of each of the poses in the main sequence. I show you the pose, explain some cues, modifications, and how the pose generally should feel. We focus all of the movements on our breath: Inhale and relax the pose, exhale and deepen the pose.
The second is a complete sequence with reminders on breath. Each of the sequences is repeated several times so you get the feel of the flow as well as build up the isometric tension in your body.
The key to the classes is building isometric stress, which will strengthen the muscles throughout your body. For example, we hold a Warrior 1 pose for several breathes, increasing the tension on the front leg and hip, and increasing the mobility of the back hip.