Monday, November 12, 2012

Yoga Ride Intro

My names Doug Curtis and over the last year I've been taking the course work necessary to complete a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training certification through Alignment Yoga (AY) in Madison, WI. As part of that certification, one of the requirements is a Diverse Audience Project. The AY Diverse Audience Project is a way of introducing yoga to an audience that either may not normally take or have access to yoga.

For my project I developed the Yoga Ride, to incorporate an AY based yoga practice into cycling. Part of my interest in this was to see if the Alignment Yoga techniques could benefit other cyclist as they had benefited me.

The overall flow of the Yoga Ride goes like this...
  • Pre-ride - poses to warmup, using Alignment Yoga's recipe of pre-yoga poses
  • The ride - focus on breathing and form (such as hip and shoulder alignment)
    • Ride break with easy no-props or mat poses/stretches
  • Post-ride - opposition and down-regulating poses
My initial audience (beta testers) were members of the bicycle club that I belong to here in Waukesha, WI (Spring City Spinners) that beta testing was well received.

I'll have my certification from AY at the end of 2012 and hope to put the Yoga Ride into practice for other cyclists through either: one-on-one sessions or with the help of a local bike shop, since I don't have a studio at this time.

Watch for updates or contact me if your interested in participating in a Yoga Ride.

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