Enjoy a discount on a Yoga for Cyclists Workshop with your LCC membership
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 4:58pm 28 January 2014
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: yoga for cyclists, membership discount, tokyobike
We love riding our bikes around the capital, but some of these trips might leave your heart racing. What better way to experience some peace and calm than with a yoga workshop? and even better - it's for cyclists!
For over 12 years, Nikita Akilapa has been practising yoga, and following the success of last month's event, she returns on Tuesday 18th March and will be sharing her passion for poses with a Yoga for Cyclists Workshop at indpendent bicycle company, tokyobike, in Shoreditch. Commencing at 7.30pm for 90 minutes, the class is suitable for all levels and LCC members will receieve a 20% discount on the class. The usual price is £15, but LCC members will pay just £12. To book a place, email Nikita at email@example.com and quote your LCC membership number. Payment will be taken in advance and please bring your valid LCC membership card to the class for admission.
In the meantime, read on to find out how yoga can help you and try a posture at home ...
"I have been practising yoga since 2001, when I fell in love with the sense of lightness and calm it brings. As a keen cyclist, runner and climber, I also found that yoga improved my performance and sharpened my focus. I truly believe that every sports fan, regardless of sport or discipline, has the potential to enhance their ability by adopting a regular and consistent yoga practice.
"That's why I run the Yoga for Cyclists workshops. No matter how serious or relaxed you are about cycling - whether you're a competitive speed cyclist, a budding urban sports star or a commuter - you all have one thing in common; you deserve the best cycling experience possible. Yoga can really help to relieve the physical niggles that come with cycling, from tight hamstrings, calves and thighs, to lower back discomfort and shoulder pain. It also improves mental focus and spatial awareness, which is essential for safe cycling in the city. "
Here are just some of the benefits of a regular yoga practice for cyclists:
• Lengthens and softens muscles, making them more lean and supple
• Enhances speed and strength
• Better balance results in better coordination
• Sharpens mental control and focus
• Improves spatial awareness
• Provides fast, safe and lasting rehabilitation from existing injuries
• Alleviates stress and promotes calm
• Promotes overall systemic, muscular-skeletal and mental health
Try this at home:
This is a modest but very effective posture, which provides a deep stretch across the back of your body. As a cyclist, chances are you have tight hamstrings, because when you pedal you never fully straighten your legs. You probably also have achey hips from leaning into your handlebars. The back of your body could do with a nice stretch, and Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is a great way to do that. Not only will it help to lengthen your crucial leg muscles, it also really strengthens your shoulders, which is important for keeping this super-mobile joint stable if you fall off your bike and hit the ground.
Do Downward Facing Dog:
Start on your hands and knees - knees under hips and wrists under shoulders. Tuck your toes under, ground your hands with fingers wide, and as you exhale lift your knees and hips away from the mat so that you are in an upside-down V. Take heels towards the mat (don't worry if they won't come all the way down) and engage your adductors. Lift your hips towards the sky. Draw your shoulders firmly down the back towards your hips, away from the ears. Keep your forearms active and strong. Take three deep breaths here, and then inhale back to all fours, exhale to child.
Please note places are subject to availability and all offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.