In part 3 of our Yoga for Cyclists series, we bring you breathing. Simple really, in and out.
Well, not really. Yogic breathing is a bit of a thing - it's all about breathing deeply through the ribs, far deeper than you will while sitting in front of the telly. It involves the diaphragm, pulling the maximum possibly oxygen into the lungs.
On the road, that exchange of gases helps your muscles convert energy for better movement. Breathing exercises during yoga help you practice that, as well as relax quite deeply.
Our resident road.cc yoga expert Karen Burt takes you through a series of breathing exercises that you can do as a standalone, or during your own sequence of yoga moves that you can make up by using any of our yoga videos.
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.