Yoga for the City Rider – Hip Openers

Pigeon pose is a favorite among yoga lovers; I find it to be a deeply relaxing pose, and, as a cyclist, the pose can be incredibly freeing for hips that get tight from pedaling, sitting, and standing in such linear ways.

In yoga class you will often end up in pigeon pose but not all pigeons are created equally. Here are three variations; at least one will suit your body type and level of experience. Pigeon pose is a favorite among yoga lovers; I find it to be a deeply relaxing pose, and, as a cyclist, the pose can be incredibly freeing for hips that get tight from pedaling, sitting, and standing in such linear ways.


Ryan Leech is a professional mountain biker on the Norco Factory Team. Intimate with the benefits of yoga for a thriving pro career, he was certified to teach and produced a popular Yoga for Cyclists Video, has a monthly membership site for yoga and mental training, and offers yoga and mountain bike workshops around the country. As an Integral Master Coach, he works privately with pro and recreational athletes in support of them taking real action on topics that matter.

ryanleech.com | @RLeech

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