I recently discovered that there is a Sydney-based yoga/cycling enthusiast who has developed his own yoga classes just for cyclists called Pedal Stroke Yoga.
I love Yoga alot. Simon likes it a bit. Simon likes cycling alot. I like it a bit more than a bit but less than alot. I reckon this Pedal Stroke Yoga could be just the ticket to keep both of us happy. Yoga is kind of the yin with cycling being more of the yang - so this Pedal Stroke Yoga yin yang thing should provide the perfect balance.
The workshops are designed to put back what your cycling takes out. When you are in a Pedal Stroke Yoga class you are essentially performing a full service and maintenance on your body and mind, the same way you do on your bicycle. You would hope that your body will outlast your beloved carbon frame bike so it makes sense to take the same care with your body that you do with your bike.
If you think about it, our modern lifestyles are very much performance orientated, and we do spend most of the time using our mind to push our bodies to perform. Breathing and visualisation are a big part of Pedal Stroke Yoga classes. They also use the Pedal Stroke Yoga sequence of Yoga poses to open and lengthen the tight muscles that have been overused, to activate and strengthen the weak muscles that have been underused.
Next trip to Sydney, I'm giving it a go!