Endurance activities such as running or bicycling can be beneficial for the cardiovascular system. However, holding the body in any one position for too long can create problems for the joints and muscles. Thankfully, one running enthusiast realized the benefits of yoga poses for these athletes and decided to share them.
Runners and cyclists may exhibit signs of tightness in the hip external rotators as well as weakness in the hip adductors and deep abdominals, Kym Klass wrote in the Montgomery Advertiser. People may also develop issues with the sacroiliac joints, hamstrings and knees.
"I think the accountability of coming to a yoga class and having a teacher guide you through [stretches] takes time. It takes 30 seconds to get your muscle fibers to relax," yoga instructor Heather Hagan told Klass. "In my classes, we'll hold a stretch for almost two minutes. And most people don't have the patience on their own to hold the stretches, and so they are not benefiting being on their own."
Thankfully, these problems are both reversible and preventable with the help of yoga!
Running and bicycling enthusiasts may want to look into Washington yoga classes to supplement their regimens. They would be in good company, after all – a study published in the Yoga Journal stated that 15.8 million Americans were practicing the mind-body regimen as of 2008!