Breathing for Cyclists

by Melissa West on December 10, 2013

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How to Breath for Cyclists


How-to-Breath-for-Cyclists: Today’s question comes from Peter via email:

Hi Melissa,

My girlfriend is exercising yoga a lot with you thanks to your videos so you were the first person that came up to my mind when I decided to write my next blog post about correct breathing for cyclists in my cycling blog as I believe that most of cyclists cannot breathe properly.

Do you think that yoga breathing can help cyclists during riding or afterwards? Why?

Using the full potential of your lungs can increase your aerobic capacity and help prevent injury. Practicing breathing on the yoga mat will help to teach you how to fill your lungs completely with air and then slowly release. This will help to slowly build your lung capacity. Deep breathing will help to circulate more oxygen to your muscles and increase oxygen uptake to your brain. Over the course of your ride this will reduce your fatigue and help you stay more relaxed.

Can you give me a few simple tips on how to breathe properly in yoga?

Today I will show you how to do three part breathing to increase your aerobic capacity so that you are able to fill your lungs completely with air and then slowly release. Ths helps circulate more oxygen to your muscles and increase oxygen uptake to your brain as I said before.

I will also link to several yoga videos that go into detail on how to breathe properly during yoga.

How to breathe during yoga (a blog post):

How to breathe during yoga (classes):

Namaste Yoga 11

Namaste Yoga 197

Namaste Yoga 13

Wave of the Breath

Also just to let you know that we have a video completely dedicated to Yoga for Cyclists: When I asked my cycling yogis what the biggest problems they faced that yoga could help them with they replied: hips, low back, quads, tingling in fingers, shoulders, balance, inner thighs, my body is always in a flexed position, glutes, calves, meditations to stay calm and relaxed. This video focuses on strengthening and stretching the key muscles engaged during cycling as well as cover off all the requests put in by my yogi cyclists.

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