- Paris Alexandra, wellness practitioner and co-founder of BK Yoga Club
Whether you ride outside or on a Peloton in your living room, Alexandra walks you through slow, deep stretches and a series of twists, that are meant to soften and soothe the cycling muscles you use most. For example, the hamstrings are a notoriously tight muscle group that run down the back of your thigh, and Alexandra offers poses that lengthen them. She also invites us to engage the hip flexors, another frequently tight muscle that powers your legs and the range of motion in your hip joint. Hip flexors tighten with intense use, but this series will increase blood flow and open them up. If you're riding your bike all the time, it's beneficial to do these kinds of stretches that support the inner thigh and hips, Alexandra says.
Incorporating yoga poses or stretching into your routine can have benefits on and off your bike. It can also help you loosen the muscles, engage the core, as well as soothe neck and shoulder tension. Whether you want to wind down from a long ride or prepare for the miles ahead, this flow will allow you to be more present (and pain-free) during your rides.
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