YOGA: Improve your stability on the bike with these moves

A simple yoga routine that will improve your stability and position on the bike.

Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Mountain Pose | Stand with your feet just less than hips-width apart. Stack knees over ankles, hips over knees and shoulders over hips. Let your arms and hands hang by your sides with a gentle reach of the fingertips to the floor.  Take 7 breaths.
Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Arms up | Keep rooting through the feet. Start to inhale the breath through the nose, while reaching the arms out then up. At the top of the breath connect the fingertips and take your gaze to your fingers. Hold for 7 breaths.
Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.

Hands to shins | Slowly exhale while bending at the knees and releasing the arms. Place your palms on your shins, keep extending through the spine to the top of the head. Keep the gaze low. Hold for a few breaths.

Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Now Look Up | Now, keep your feet rooted, hands placed and legs bent. Look up and breathe in.
Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Step Back | Bend your knees so you can place your hands on the floor, on either side of your feet. Anchor yourself to the floor and slide your right leg back, find a lunge position. Keep extending through the spine and keep your gaze to the mat. Hold for a few breaths before repeating on the other side.
Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Push Up Pose | Place your palms or fingertips on the floor and spread your fingers. Press your palms to the floor and protract your shoulder blades which will, in turn, engage across your abdominal cylinder. Extend at the back of the legs. Hold for 7 breaths.
Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Child’s Pose | Taking your chin to chest, press your palms into the floor and draw navel to spine. Send your sit bones back to your heels while still reaching through the arms and fingertips. Hold for 7 breaths.
Lynette Morris instructs yoga for a Bike Network editorial photo shoot.
Downdog | By pressing through the palms and anchoring to the floor, send your sit bones up by pressing through the balls of your feet. Ideally, your heels and legs straighten, however lengthening through the spine is ultimately the integrity of the pose. Once you reach your full extension, hold for 5 breaths. ENDS.

Lynette Morris designs and instructs yoga routines for riders looking to improve performance, release muscular pains, improve overall health and mental focus. Lynette has taught yoga for over 10 years across the globe and is passionate about using movement to enhance athletic performance and recovery. IMAGES: Wayne Reiche


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