Flex those hips and get into shape for the new cycling season

The hips take a beating when we're cycling - just think of the rotations you're putting them through every mile.

So it's no wonder our road.cc yoga exper Karen Burt is a bit hot on keeping the hips relaxed, open and flexible - and the best way to do that is through the regular practice of yoga.

The exercises are fairly simple - if we tell you that the idea is to lift your knee to your nose you might not agree - but it's simpler than it sounds. Even Tony can do them.

Your bum and hamstring tightness will affect how easily you can do some of the movements - which means it's important that you combine this exercise with some of the other poses we show you in this Yoga fror Cyclists series.

Put the videos together in whatever order you choose to create a personalised workout to keep you in tip top condition as you look to the new season.

>>Read more: Our full Yoga for Cyclists series.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.