The 30-minute yoga routine every cyclist should try

An ancient practice combining physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation, yoga has stood the test of time, but is it of value to cyclists?

Female cyclist holding a yoga pose
(Image credit: Future)

When a decade ago I first started encouraging cyclists to try yoga, most of them raised an eyebrow or humoured me politely. For most riders, the word ‘yoga’ conjured up images of awkward smalltalk in fusty village halls, pretzel poses reserved for the super-bendy, mostly female practitioners, and maybe a bit of obscure chanting. Fast-forward to 2023 and most professional riders factor in a structured stretching session at least a few times a week – and many regularly practise yoga. So what’s changed and is yoga something that's worth it for amateur riders?

Should cyclists do yoga?

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