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Deepen your understanding of the causes, biomechanics and solutions for your mtb-related aches and pains—especially lower back pain. What do you need to strengthen? What do you need to stretch? And what do you need to mobilise? And learn the yoga skills—including balance, core strength, breath-work and meditation—that you can incorporate into your mountain bike training to boost your physical and mental performance.

Shoulder Flexibility

Shoulder Flexibility Self-Assessment

Not all mountain bikers are going to have the same flexibility potential. Some of you will never touch your toes. And that’s ok. As Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki said, “Each of you is perfect the way you are…and you can use a little improvement.” When it comes to flexibility, there are...

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Yin Yoga For Athletic Recovery

Yin Yoga For Athletic Recovery

If you’re not practicing yin yoga for athletic recovery, you’re leaving money on the table. Yin is one of the most effective types of yoga for increasing flexibility, relieving tightness and relaxing the body and mind. It’s not comfortable, and it requires a good amount...

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Tight IT Band Stretches

Release Your Tight IT Band And TFL

Mountain bikers commonly suffer from a ‘tight IT band’, which can not only be painful but can also play into a variety of more serious conditions, including Iliotibial Band Syndrome and cyclist’s knee. Fortunately, yoga has a number of poses that can help it to function...

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Activate Weak Glutes

Activate And Strengthen Weak Glutes

As your glutes are responsible for generating movement and for stabilisation, activating and strengthening them will maximise your sprinting power and give you greater control on the bike. But let’s just call a spade a spade—yoga isn’t deadlifting. We’re not shooting for Kim Kardashian...

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Yoga For Pain Between Shoulder Blades

Relieve Pain Between The Shoulder Blades

Do you suffer from pain between the shoulder blades and tightness in the upper back, neck and shoulders? Hours on the bike with your arms stretched out in front of you absorbing impact from the trail—combined with sitting at a desk and life stress—creates the perfect storm for soreness...

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Yoga For Tight Hamstrings

7 Poses To Release Tight Hamstrings

Tight hamstrings—as with other aches, pains and limited range of motion you experience as a mountain biker—do not, unfortunately, have one simple cause and an equally uncomplicated solution. And as you may have already discovered, regularly stretching tight hamstrings does not actually...

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Yoga For Tight Hips

3 Types Of Poses To Loosen Up Tight Hips

If you’re active, you get tight hips. If you’re lazy and you sit too much, you get tight hips. And if you’re a mountain biker, you almost certainly get tight hips. In fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid getting tight hips, unless of course, you’re a yogi...

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Weak Ankles And Poor Ankle Mobility

Weak Ankles And Poor Ankle Mobility

Weak ankles and poor ankle mobility can be a serious hindrance for mountain bikers. Luckily for you guys, yoga can help to improve ankle stability, flexibility and mobility. As I aim to demonstrate in all my articles, one of the primary reasons that yoga is so effective at addressing...

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Yoga For Neck Pain

7 Poses To Relieve Neck Pain

Neck pain and stiffness can drain your energy on long rides, cause tension headaches and leave you vulnerable to muscle tweaks. Unfortunately, it’s super common in mountain biking which hits the lethal trifecta for neck issues—non-optimal posture, excessive tension and injury. Yoga can be...

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Yoga For Mountain Bikers

6 Poses To Alleviate Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions suffered by mountain bikers. Luckily for you guys, this is where yoga excels. According to a recent paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that yoga is at least as effective as physical therapy for...

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MTB Wrist Pain

Wrist Pain And Bike Claw Therapy

Mountain bikers are particularly prone to wrist pain—from vibration, maintaining the same upper body position for long periods of time and a propensity for crashing. Pedalling over rocks, roots, drops and other unpredictable terrain generates vibration that you and bike have to absorb...

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