Why Should You Do Recovery Yoga as a Runner and/or Cyclist

The only time you actually make gains in strength, speed, and/or endurance is during recovery. 

That’s when your body heals itself from the damage you cause. Your body adapts to the training stress. 

Recovery Yoga helps with recovery, along with increased mobility and increased core stability.

We combine elements of Gentle, Restorative, and Yin Yoga into a 30-minute practice that leaves you feel more recovered, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

We first practice our breathing, then move on to some gentle and slow hip opening poses, spinal twists, and easy backbends.

Simple Training's Recovery Yoga combines elements of Gentle, Restorative, and Yin Yoga into a 30-minute practice so you are more relaxed and rejuvenated.
Simple Training’s Recovery Yoga combines elements of Gentle, Restorative, and Yin Yoga into a 30-minute practice so you are more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Yoga Brings Balance Into Our Lives 

Yoga can make us more well-rounded athletes, both with our physical being and our emotional control. You can activate more parts of your body, in different directions and movement patterns, with yoga. 

Think of running and cycling. We repeat the same motions thousands of times.

We move in different planes and with different muscles to balance our bodies.

And regardless of the kind of yoga we practice, we learn to stabilize our bodies through and because of our core. So as we move, we learn to use our core/torso as the means of controlling and moving the rest of our body.

Recovery Yoga for Cyclists and Runners breaks us out of the bent-over position on the bike and forward movement on the run. 

You can activate more parts of your body, in different directions and movement patterns, with yoga.

Yoga Helps Us Control Our Emotions

Yoga is primarily conscious breathing practice, and we move with our breath. When you practice breathing, you can calm yourself, calm the chatter in your brain, and become your best self. 

Yoga for recovery or rejuvenation helps teach us to calm ourselves, to settle our nervous system. We learn control over our nerves and emotions. 

During breath practice, we also learn to focus our attention on the air coming into our noses. 

So when our thoughts are wandering, our nerves are getting to us, or we’re having problems falling asleep, we can consciously refocus our attention on our breath and regain control of our emotions.

Yoga can make us more well-rounded athletes, both with our physical being and our emotional control.

Breath Practice Helps Emotional Control

The challenge for all cyclists and runners doing gentle, restorative, or yin yoga is that the practice is slow! It can be especially an issue for someone like me, with ADHD. 

But the more I focus on breathing practice, the more I can relax into a pose. And that’s when I feel the relaxation deepen. 

Holding a pose for longer than usual also helps develop mental control. You can’t go to the edge or be competitive in your mind during calming yoga. 

Recovery Yoga Is Non-Competitive

This recovery yoga is the opposite of competition. 

You are not there to accomplish anything.

You aren’t there to reach any PRs or finally get into the perfect Triangle pose. 

We come to the recovery yoga class to release and relax. 

And that happens with breath practice and sitting in a pose for a while. 

Not Sure About Recovery Yoga?

Try it! Mondays at 7 pm in person at the Simple Training studio in Hales Corners or online.

The first class is always free.

And you pay what you can in future classes. 

The suggested donation is $10 for recovery yoga, $7 if you are a school teacher. 

If you’re flush this week, pay for someone else’s class. 

If you’re short this week, then accept the time and pay when you can. 

For more details, contact me at paulw@simpleendurancecoaching.com or text or call 262.705.4892. 

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