Why sit at home stretching and bending when you could be out hitting hills? Here's why...

Yoga, eh? Why sit at home stretching and bending when you could be out hitting hills on your trusty winter steed? Here's why.

Yoga is brilliant for cyclists who want to avoid injury and ride more efficiently.

As our resident road.cc yoga expert Karen Burt explains with great patience, cyclists strengthen certain muscles at the expense of others, which strains the joints and can cause inflexibility.

Yoga increases flexibility and strength in the lesser-used muscles, giving core strength and more efficiency of movement in the saddle.

It's not just for gym bunnies either - there's a level at which anyone can perform the moves and get the benefits.

It might just be the most important thing you do off the bike this winter to improve next season's results.

Here, in part 2 of Yoga For Cyclists, Karen explains the five reasons to try yoga:

>>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.