We hope everyone's summer is going well and that you're crossing everything off of your summer bucket list! With all the summer fun, don't forget to get on your mat. In this post, we're going to explore some yoga poses that go well with our favorite summer sport here at Container Collective Yoga and Bikes, biking/cycling! Whether you're pumping your bike up a mountain or if you enjoy a gentle ride to the store, these yoga poses will help you stretch out after some time on your bike.
Gorilla pose is a great shape to take with your body after a long bike ride! Gorilla pose helps lengthen your spine after gripping on to your handlebars while also stretching out your hamstrings and calves. You even get to reverse the action of holding on to your handlebars while giving your wrists a nice massage with your toes! To get into this pose: come into a forward fold; bend your knees as mush as you need to to get your palms under your feet; from there, begin to straighten your knees; bend your elbows and gently pull your chest to your thighs to lengthen your spine and feel the sweet release!
Looking to open your chest after hunching over your bike? Take camel pose! Camel pose also helps relieve low back pain after a long ride on your bicycle. To get into camel pose: start on your knees; bring your hands to your low back; press your hip points forward; pull your bellybutton to your spine; and start to learn back one vertebrae at a time to grab onto your heals (if they're reachable); allow your head to be the last to reach back.
A great pose to take to open your hips after they've been squared off while riding your bike, is double pigeon pose. Double pigeon stretches your hips and groins while also stretching your glutes and lower back. Having your knees facing forward the entire bike ride will close off your hips, causing them to be tight. Double pigeon pose will help open up your hips after a long day on the bike. To get into double pigeon pose: start in a seated position; bend both knees and stack one shin on top of the other; make sure your top ankle is on the outside of the bottom thigh; keep both feet flexed; to deepen the pose, fold over both legs.
Whether you're hopping on your bike for a quick ride or you're on a bikepacking trip, these poses with help you feel great! We hope you're all having an amazing summer but don't forget to ride your bike to the studio and stop in for a class!