Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Yoga Ride recipe

In the first posting, I wrote that the Yoga Ride is made up of three parts, this post will describe the first part, the Pre-Ride.

The Pre-Ride exercises are made up of Pre-Yoga poses taken from Alignment Yoga's Beginning Syllabus.
  • Tadasana (Mountain pose) - as the grounding and check-in posture
  • Dead Bug series - to exercise not just the right and left side of the body, but also the right and left side of the brain
  • Psoas Wake-up - to develop this under utilized muscle
  • Uddiyana Bandha Wake-up - for core strength
  • Sumo - flexion of the ankles, knees and hips as well as the pelvic floor.
I learned about the Pre-Yoga postures during my 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training (through Alignment Yoga) and adopted these for use in my Diverse Audience project. All of these exercises work well for  Pre-Yoga and/or the Pre-Ride, building on the fundamentals required for both.

If the next post I'll discuss how the bike ride portion of Yoga Ride will focus on breathing, shoulder alignment and the ride break.

Namaste

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