Pose = Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
Life is one big cycle. The hours, the seasons, the tides. We’re always rolling on, up, over and back again. Many of us will find ourselves doing the same things over and over again. And that’s not a bad thing– routine is comfortable & it eases anxiety; However, it’s also fun to try something new. We grow with new experiences!
Trying something new has many benefits. When we try something new we boost our self-confidence. We grow to appreciate our strengths and weakness and learn what we can really do. We might also conquer a fear! We’ve all been there–hands shaking in front of a classroom, a boardroom or at a podium sharing our words and ideas. While that fear can sometimes be debilitating, the joy we feel when we complete the presentation is not to be underestimated. Finally, trying something new helps us break out of ruts and grow in new directions– body and mind. We won’t find pearls in the ocean if we only swim at the shoreline, we must dive deep and challenge ourselves in order to be rewarded.
Want to give something new, but complementary, a try? Think about Indoor Cycling. Much like being on your mat, being on the bike can be a zen-like experience. You give it as much as you’ve got and you take away as much as you can. That said while you can leave the world behind in the cycling studio, it’s also intended to be, at it’s core, a cardiovascular exercise.
This month we’re excited to announce a partnership with our neighbors, JoyRide Ridgefield. We’re lucky to be so close to such an incredible fitness facility. If you’ve never tried indoor cycling, now’s the time! For the the months of July & August every 10 Class Card you purchase at Buddhi Mat Yoga will get you a FREE 2-class voucher at JoyRide Ridgefield! And it works both ways because for every 10 Class Pack you purchase at JoyRide Ridgefield you’ll take home a 2-Class voucher from Buddhi Mat Yoga. Speaking from experience we can tell you that JoyRide’s classes are an intense, high-energy, rockin’ good time. They have a stunning studio with state of the art Schwinn bikes and top-notch instructors.
Cycling is an amazing muscle-building exercise. ACSM recommends that healthy adults aged 18-65 years old should participate in aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week or vigorous intensity, aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes, 3 days per week. A typical JoyRide class will keep your heart-rate within the aerobic range. The heart isn’t the only muscle getting stronger when you cycle– your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and core will gain strength as well
For veteran cyclists yoga is the ideal mate. Yoga asana allows you to find length in over-worked muscles that we use not just everyday, but also during strength training. For example, pigeon pose is a powerful hip-opener that can help increase flexibility and the range of motion in the hip joints. Our hips carry the weight of our torso and during a cycling class the push/pull of your legs on the pedals will build your glute strength while shortening those muscles you depend on daily. Maintaining flexibility is helpful in the prevention of injury during sports training. The power yoga practice is meant to warm your muscles, length through your spine and gain breath control. Doing these at your own pace, while taking advantage of your mat space for necessary breaks can be a beautiful tool for personal growth.
This summer, make a little change or a big one. Make a choice to grow. Jump in with both feet and fly! Maybe you’ll get your buddhi on a bike or find some extra joy on the mat! Whatever you do, make it count and reap the rewards.