Yoga for Cyclists
On August 28th, People’s Yoga Detroit will offer its first-ever workshop, Yoga for Cyclists with Caitlin Brown! During this three-hour class, students will explore asanas (postures) that can help open and release areas of the body often tight and tense among cyclists, such as the hips, quads, hamstrings, low back, and shoulders. Participants will also learn about the benefits all cyclists stand to gain from a regular yoga practice focused not just on movement but on breath, meditation, and mind/body awareness as well. The fee for the workshop is just $20 and it will be held at Spirit of Hope Church – be sure to RSVP soon if you’re interested, this one will fill up fast!
Detroit’s bicycle culture has been taking off of late – from our well-attended monthly Critical Mass rides to the success of the always-hopping Hub of Detroit bike shop, evidence is everywhere that Detroiters are opting for a mode of transit that is healthier and more sustainable than that other one for which this city is most well-known. Cycling is indeed a fun and healthy way to get around, but any rider knows it can tax the body. Our shoulders tighten from leaning forward over handlebars, our thighs get sore, and when we’re out of balance we overuse certain muscles to compensate for our weaknesses. People’s Yoga instructor Caitlin Brown is well-versed in cycling’s joys and its potential bodily impacts, and she says applying yoga to her cycling has helped her avoid stress and injury.
In the summer of 2008, Caitlin went on a three-month bicycle tour, and since then she has become a dedicated, car-free cyclist. She found that regular yoga practice not only helped her maintain flexibility, but deepened her awareness of her body’s needs, helping her avoid injury. Additionally, deep yogic breathing helped her control her breath while pedaling up those steep hills some of us dread, and a yogic focus on meditation helped Caitlin stay patient on long, grueling days of non-stop cycling.
Participants in the Yoga for Cyclists workshop will certainly reap the benefits of Caitlin’s vast experience! Be sure to join us at Spirit of Hope church on August 28, and don’t forget to RSVP today!
Doors open a half an hour before class. Enter on MLK and please lock your bike inside. We practice in the 2nd floor gym. Yoga Mats are available, but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one!