WHY YOGA FOR MTB?
Unfortunately, mountain biking can be a painful business; and yoga, through a combination of stretching, strengthening, mobilisation and breathing, can be the perfect antidote.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a bodyweight training system in which you transition through a series of postures designed to achieve a particular objective.
HOW DOES YOGA DIFFER FROM STRETCHING?
There is a flexibility element in yoga but it is different to stretching in some important ways: the primacy of the breath, an emphasis on paying mindful attention to physical and mental sensations arising from the poses, intelligent sequencing and continuous, incremental progression.
WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THIS?
This program is a distilled, non-spiritual form of yoga designed to be accessible to newcomers. I focus on alignment, breathing and achieving clearly-defined objectives.
HOW LONG ARE THE CLASSES?
Almost all the videos are 15 minutes, except for the breathing, meditation and 1-hour classes.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
The yoga I teach has two purposes—recovery and performance, both physically and mentally. It is designed to teach you how to control your body and mind, so that you can move and perform like a pro.
- Eliminates persistent aches and pains.
- Increases flexibility.
- Improves mobility and range of motion.
- Speeds up recovery.
- Enhances sleep quality.
- Improves suppleness.
- Relieves stress, fatigue and anxiety.
- Reduces reactivity.
- Improves core strength.
- Enhances balance and body control.
- Improves posture.
- Enhances coordination.
- Improves breathing efficiency.
- Enhances focus and concentration.
- Improves body awareness.
- Increases longevity.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE SITE?
- 15-Day Trial to the Video Library
- Performance and Recovery Articles
- Detailed Pose Library with Video Tutorials
- Rider Stories
- Access to 120 Videos
- Includes Unlimited Support via Email
- Monthly or Annual Subscription (36% discount)
HOW DO I STRUCTURE MY PROGRAM?
You can design your own program, filtering by objective and difficulty level or there are 14 customised series that you can follow:
- 15 In 15 / Balance
- 15 In 15 / Flexibility
- 15 In 15 / Strength
- 15 In 15 / Mobility
- 15 In 15 / Relaxation
- 15 In 15 / All-Rounder
- 21-Day Lower Back Pain
- 21-Day Upper Back Pain
- 14-Day Neck Pain
- 30-Day Core
- 14-Day Calves + Hamstrings
- 21-Day Groin + Hip Flexors
- 21-Day Glutes + TFL
- 21-Day Neck + Shoulders
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM NOT SUITABLE FOR?
Yoga For MTB isn’t designed for advanced yoga practitioners or gymnasts, nor is it suitable if you are injured. These videos do not replace medical advice, physical therapy, strength or skills training.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
- A mat. Make sure it is grippy, durable and long enough. I have a link to a few of my favourites in the Shop.
- Comfortable clothes that you can move in freely. Baggy doesn’t really work.
- Cushions and pillows to prop you up.
- A towel or blanket to put under your knees.
- Optional blocks and a strap (a belt is just as good).
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF PRACTICING AT HOME?
The main disadvantage is that you don’t have a teacher to give you feedback on your alignment so please try to follow my cues closely. You can always send me a message if you have any questions. The pros for mountain bikers are arguably even more than for the other groups.
- No-one is going to see you face-plant.
- You can see if you like yoga before signing up for an expensive studio class.
- Competition is detrimental in yoga and it’s hard not to feel competitive in a class.
- With fewer distractions you can focus on what’s actually going on in your own body and mind.
- You can customise your own practice to achieve your specific goals.
- It’s harder than it should be to find a teacher you jive with.
- You can do these routines directly before or after a ride.
- If you don’t love yoga, it’s going to be hard to motivate yourself to get to a class.
DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO PRACTICE YOGA?
No, silly. That’s why you’re here.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?
Hard to say. Hopefully after the first session but you’re going to have to keep it up if you’re riding or sitting at a desk often. It requires commitment and consistency to achieve significant results.
If you’re curious to find out if yoga is the missing piece in your training, sign up for your 15-day free trial.