We’re very excited to be offering a couple of yoga classes for cyclists on Thursdays 6-7pm and Saturdays 10-11am in our Bruntsfield shop led by our resident qualified yoga instructor, Kirsty! It’s only £10 a class and you’ll learn some routines that can really help you loosen off those tight hamstrings and hips, and help strengthen your core. Spaces are limited to 10 people per class, so be sure to hurry. Here’s a little info from Kirsty herself:
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“Hi, my name is Kirsty and I’ve been working at the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative since August 2016. I’m a very keen mountain biker, snowboarder and also enjoy running.
I am a qualified yoga instructor and have been practicing Yoga for the last 8 years. The style of Yoga I mainly teach is Yin Yoga which is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or Asanas, that are held for longer periods of time – for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
Yin is the feminine principle. Yin yoga was developed to penetrate deep into connective tissue, or fascia, expanding flexibility and aiding healing.
Yang is the masculine principle. Yang yoga is the more traditional Hatha or Ashtanga based asana practice that develops muscular strength, stamina, and flexibility.
I’ve designed a Yin Yang Flow style class around the muscle groups used in cycling, to help aid performance on the bike and aimed to ease ligaments, tendons and joints pre and post cycle.
The benefits of enhanced flexibility on the bike provided by regular Yoga practice are numerous. Flexibility is believed to improve performance, reduce risk of injury, improve transport of blood and nutrients to muscles, and reduce muscle soreness. Athletes are encouraged to stretch after training and competition. A structured Yoga practice, I believe, is more interesting, motivating and effective than a simple, “quick” stretch. Yoga also contributes so much more to our physical and emotional health.
Controlled breathing (Pranayama) is central to Yoga practice, facilitating the mind body connection. As we move through poses, we inhale deeply to breath length into our spine and fully exhale as we stretch deeper into the pose.
This conscious practice of deep, diaphragmatic breathing is critical to cycling performance.”